2016 Volvo XC90 Configurator Goes Live
The build-your-own tool for the 2016 Volvo XC90 appeared on the company’s website today, featuring full pricing and option breakdowns for the large SUV in advance of its arrival in the U.S. next year. As stated in the configurator, the XC90 will start at $49,825, including destination.
It’s clear from the vehicle pricing that Volvo is not content with being an also-ran in the luxury-SUV segment. While the XC90 T6 starts at less than $50,000, selecting every option can balloon that price to around $70,000, and that’s before you dig into the company’s accessories catalog.
While some may scoff at the idea of a Volvo for Range Rover money, the highest-spec XC90 comes with the company’s FOUR-C adaptive air suspension, premium Bowers & Wilkins audio, Volvo’s buttery-soft leather seating, park assist, adaptive cruise control, and just about every safety feature available in a modern automobile.
Initially, the only powertrain available for the XC90 is the turbo- and supercharged 2.0L I-4, available in the XC90 T6. Such a small four-cylinder engine is something of an anomaly in the luxury-SUV segment, but the “twincharged” motor makes 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. That’s substantially more power than any engine available in the previous XC90, and even though it makes a little less torque than the outgoing model’s old Yamaha V-8, it produces that torque at a lower rpm. The new XC90 can even tow better than the old one, with a maximum towing capacity of 5,291 pounds.
Also, the XC90 is a relative featherweight in the luxury-SUV class at just under 4,400 pounds, which is 300 pounds less than a 340hp Range Rover Sport or 300hp BMW X5 xDrive35i, in spite of being more spacious than both. Boasting a year-over-year weight loss of 400 pounds, the new XC90 should be an excellent performer, but if you’re not convinced, then maybe you should wait for the T8 model, which will add an electric motor to the twincharged engine, for a combined total of about 400 hp.
Adding up all the elements, we think the XC90 will be a pretty amazing luxury SUV. However, it lacks some of the visual punch of its German and English competitors, and past experiences with Volvo SUVs have left us somewhat cold, so we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on one to make a definitive recommendation.
While we wait, we’re gonna keep playing with the build-your-own.