The new XC90’s interior takes inspiration from the Swdish tradition in integrating technology with clean and refined design.
The cabin also incorporates a number of design elements recently introduced with the trio of concept cars presented in the last months – the Concept Coupé, the Concept XC Coupé and the Volvo Concept Estate – that have redefined the design direction of the brand.
Among these derived features are the overall surface treatment made of clean, balanced lines; the large touchscreen on the center console – equipped with the CarPlay system developed by Apple – which provides the visual focal point o the dashboard; the gear-lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors and the diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control – details already seen on all the above mentioned show cars.
On the other hand, the main lines of the dashboard and IP are rather conventional, without the distinctive U-shaped line flow that framed the center screen on the three concepts.
“The most striking feature is a tablet-like touch screen control console, which forms the heart of an all-new in-car control system,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Cars.
This system is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services.
“These details are designed to become the jewels of the interior. They add a bit of exclusive playfulness rather than pure functionality,” said Robin Page, Volvo Cars’ Interior Design Director.
The all-new XC90 is the first Volvo to use the company’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which creates a far wider range of design possibilities, improves driveability and permits the inclusion of the latest safety features and connected in-car technologies, while at the same time increasing interior space.
The exterior of the car will be revealed at the end of August. Below we report some details on the interior’s new features, selected from the official press release.
From the official Press Release:
Volvo Cars already enjoys a reputation for providing the most comfortable seats in the industry. The new XC90 enhances this reputation by offering innovatively designed seats that also free up interior space for passengers both in the second and third seat rows, helping to make the new XC90 a genuine 7-seater.
“Just like classic Scandinavian chairs, our new seats prove that seats don’t need a lot of thick padding to be comfortable. The full seat core has an ergonomic shape that resembles the human spine. A multitude of adjustment possibilities makes it possible for the individual user to create an ideal seating position,” says Mr Page.
The standard Comfort seats are available with intuitive, smooth power operation, including adjustable side bolsters, seat cushion extension, multi-directional lumbar support and vertical adjustment of the headrests. Three settings can be stored in the memory. Ventilation and massage functions are optional.
The all-new, optional Contour seat has been designed to offer excellent side support all the way from the shoulders to the thighs.
Individual second row seats and more space in the third row
The second row features three individual seats with recline adjustment. The sliding function can be used to create more legroom for the passengers in the third row – or to increase loading space if the third row seats are folded flat. An integrated child booster cushion in the centre seat is optional.
The seats in the third row, which offer class-leading comfort for passengers with a height up to 170 cm, are slightly centred to offer occupants a generous theatre-seat-inspired view forward. Additional space for the feet under the second row seats creates additional comfort and legroom. Special attention has also been given to ensuring easy ingress and egress from the third row and ease of operation, making this the best third row in the segment.
All seven seats feature three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners, and all the seat rows are covered by the improved Inflatable Curtain airbags in a side impact or rollover situation.
The all-new Volvo XC90 includes a number of storage options for the driver and all the passengers. All the seats in the second and third rows can be folded individually, which creates outstanding loading flexibility. The third row seats can also be specified with power operation.
Four-zone climate system
The all-new Volvo XC90 can be specified with a four-zone climate system with individual settings for the occupants in the front seats and in the second row. A separate air-conditioning unit for the third row is standard or optional depending on the market.
Volvo Cars’ CleanZone air purification system has been further improved by adding a new filter for more efficient capture of small, harmful particles and pollen in the incoming air.