New Volvo XC90 due in the UK in July

13 April 2006

Volvo's award-winning XC90 4x4 will have a completely new range of petrol engines when the updated model arrives in the UK in July.

The revised car, revealed at the New York Auto Show this week, also features new safety aids to assist when manoeuvring and a fresh look inside and out.

The engine changes mean that Volvo's 315bhp 4.4-litre V8 becomes available in right-hand-drive versions for the first time. The XC90 also gets the new 238bhp 3.2-litre in-line six-cylinder engine previewed in the latest S80 saloon a few weeks ago.

These engines replace the 2.5-litre five-cylinder and 2.9-litre six-cylinder turbocharged engines currently fitted to the car. The 185bhp five-cylinder turbodiesel remains unchanged.

Internal and safety revisions
One of the XC90's new safety aids also comes from the latest S80. It's a blind spot information camera, housed in the driver's door mirror housing, which illuminates a red light in the door trim if there's a car which may be hidden from view.

A rear-mounted camera to help when reverse parking and cornering lights also appear in the XC90 for the first time.

The interior trim has been smartened up, too. The centre console has been revised and now allows you to connect an iPod or MP3 player, and there's the option of what Volvo calls a world-class stereo and an uprated satellite-navigation system. New leather trims are also available.

The exterior changes involve revisions to the grille, bumpers, rear lights, door mirrors, side trim mouldings and handles.

Prices are expected to be announced in May, but expect a small rise with the diesel and more substantial ones with the new petrol engines.

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