|What's New, Changed, Different|
Though the basics of Volvo's one and only SUV have remained the same since its 2003 introduction, the big news for 2005 is the availability of a V-8. Designed and built by Yamaha, the all-aluminum 4.4-liter sparkles with 311 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque while achieving ultraclean ULEV II emissions status. It's backed by a six-speed Aisin-Warner automatic transmission and reinforced Haldex all-wheel drive. The normally aspirated V-8 joins the existing five- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines in the lineup. All 2005 XC90s now include tire-pressure monitoring, rain-sensing wipers, a Homelink universal garage-door opener, rearview-mirror memory, and a front-passenger weight sensor (for the airbag) as standard equipment. Front seats are of a new design. The optional Premium package adds a cargo security cover and power childproof locks in 2005. Also, 2005 six-cylinder models get a standard leather shift knob.