An Estate car who won’t mind getting its shoes dirty
Volvo has launched a total of 3 cars Worldwide since the year 2014, which includes the XC90, S90 and the V90. Out of these 3 cars, Volvo has introduced the XC and the S90 in the Indian market already. There is a common link in between all these above-mentioned cars; they all are based on the Swedish auto manufacturer’s latest scalable product architecture (SPA) platform. This flexible lightweight yet safe architecture allows a number of body forms on a single platform allowing the auto manufacturer to save cost. This new platform which underpins all these unique cars made its debut with the XC90 SUV back in 2014.
According to Volvo officials, the new 90 series cars offers a unique driving experience and they call it "Relaxed Confidence". India is definitely not a popular market for Estate cars but Indian customers always are open to something new and unique. Talking about uniqueness, the Volvo V90 Cross Country definitely falls under one of the most under this unique breed of cars. It carries the ‘Cross Country’ moniker along with its name which clears many of our doubts about its purpose.
Sweden is known for its extreme weather, where the temperature can go upto -40 degree Celsius during winter. The people too are also known for their adventurous nature thus making the Volvo V90 Cross Country an ideal car for this surroundings because it combines off-road capabilities into an Estate car. The raised ground clearance and four-wheel drive capability have given the V90 a whole new meaning.
The reason why we are interested in this particular car is because of the fact that Volvo actually has plans to introduce the V90 Cross Country in the Indian market within this year, so we are here to provide you with all the details available about this truly unique car in detail.
Update 12.07.2017 :- Volvo has launched the V90 Cross Country in India today. The Estate car is offered with only top of the line D5 trim and with total of 7 exterior colour options. The new V90 Cross Country prices and other details has been updated in this review.
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The first car to be rolled out of the local assembly line will be the XC90
Volvo has recently announced that they will be starting local assembly operation for their cars in India. The Volvo car assembly according to the reports will be located near Bangalore, Karnataka. Believe it or not but the flagship Volvo SUV the XC90 will be the first car to be locally produced in the Indian market. Volvo will also announce the name of other models which will be locally assembled at a later stage. The entire project will be completed by a strategic alliance with Volvo Group India which makes truck, bus and constructional equipment.
Volvo has plans to roll out the first locally made car on the Indian road before the end of this Calendar year. Although they are focussing only on the XC90 as of now, they will later also introduce all the products based on their SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) which will include XC90 and S90. In the future, Volvo might also start local manufacturing procedure of the V90 Cross Country and also the next-gen XC60 compact SUV.
The Volvo official stated that they are euphoric to announce the local assembly unit of their cars which also shows their commitment towards Indian market. They are happy with the way Volvo cars are selling in the Indian market. They also added that they would maintain the International standards and quality even in the locally assembled vehicles. With these efforts, they are pretty sure that they will help create a strong foundation for their business in the Indian market.
The Polestar is all set to make its Indian debut and this will be the first car from their stable to hit the Indian road
Volvo surely is taking some big steps for the Indian market; they recently introduced their new products here including the S90, S60 Cross Country and the flagship XC90. Now the latest reports suggest that they will also be adding their performance sub-brand Polestar here as well.
For those who don’t know just like Mercedes has its AMG, BMW has their M lineup Volvo too has their performance brand Polestar which builds performance cars based on their current product list. We always loved Volvo cars for their advanced safety features, sturdy build quality and luxury features. Although nobody preferred the Swedish car maker before, it certainly started getting appreciation now mainly for their modern designs and luxury features and advanced technologies.
Volvo has plans to introduce the Polestar performance brand this April 2017 and the first car which will be launched here will be the S60 Polestar. Although the sedan looks quite ferocious it also has got the subtle touch to it which is its unique point. So without any further due let us get straight to the point.
Update 17.04.2017:- Volvo has launched their performance sedan S60 Polestar in India. The pricing and other details has been updated in this review.
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The list includes some much awaited sedans and hatchbacks
We started the year 2017 on a positive note, in the past three months car enthusiasts have seen plenty of new launches from some of the renowned manufacturers. The car sales too have gone up which definitely is also good news for the car manufacturers.
Below provided are the list of cars which will be launching within the next two months in India. We must inform you that there are plenty of exciting cars which are entering the Indian market and we have thus differentiated all these cars according to their price and segment.
The new XC60 gets a new platform and plenty of advanced safety features
Volvo has teased the new 2018 model of the XC60 Crossover which will make its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Although Volvo has not released any major details yet they did announce some exclusive safety features that the soon to be launched Crossover will get.
The new XC60 will be based on Volvo’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform; this is the same platform which also underpins the bigger XC90 SUV. Volvo hasn’t revealed any exterior details yet but has left some teaser image of the upcoming all new Crossovers.
Apart from the new styling, the XC60 will also feature three new advanced driver assistance features aimed at keeping the driver out of trouble.
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The First Generation Hatchback Recieved Some Zing
The entry level flag bearer of Volvo might not be popular in the Indian market but this definitely is one of the popular small cars when we talk about some other International markets of the World. Volvo introduced the V40 hatchback in the year 2012 and it came and relieved theS40 off its duty which was actually doing was performing its task since 1995. The new hatchback was actually introduced to take on the likes of some other entry level premium offerings from different auto manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes.
The Volvo V40 is based on global C platform which was actually developed for compact cars. After the successful stint in the market Volvo decided to introduce a Cross Country version of the hatchback as well in the year 2013 which actually came with some additional protective body panels, slightly bigger wheels and an increased ride height. The Cross Country variant was launched in India back in the year 2013.
The V40 hatchback on the other hand was introduced later and it actually was offered with only a single D3 Turbo diesel unit which is paired to a 6 speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. Now after almost 5 years of its existence, Volvo has decided to introduce the facelift variant of the hatchback. As you all already would have expected the updates are cosmetic and unfortunately it has not actually received any mechanical upgrades under its hood. However there are talks that Volvo will launch the new generation V40 soon.
Now before arriving in the Indian market Volvo will showcase the new facelift hatchback at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show. But you actually don’t have to wait that long because we are providing you with all the details of the facelift V40 in this article.
Update 16.12.2016:- Volvo has launched the updated V40 in India. The prices and other details has been updated in this article
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Both the hatchback siblings gets minor cosmetic updates
Volvo has launched the updated V40 and the V40 Cross Country in India. This is the updated V40 which was showcased at the 2016 Geneva Motor show and received minor updates on both its exterior as well as interior.
The most significant changes comes in the form of Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lights which has now becomes the signature styling of Volvo cars. Moreover the model also gets full LED headlamps as well. Apart from the restyled headlamps the front grille gets a redesigned front grille as well which gets Volvo’s signature logo. The lower front bumper too has been slightly redesigned as well; it gets a big air inlet in the centre while there is a second air dam as well towards the sides as well. Both the Volvo V40 siblings gets a newly designed alloy wheels as well.
Inside the updated hatchback gets the same dashboard continued from the earlier car. Changes come in the form of a new upholstery option. The other new updates includes powered front seats with memory functions, it also gets panoramic sunroof, park assist pilot with front and rear sensors and parking camera. What else is also new is the inclusion of introduction of the pedestrian airbag which actually makes it the first car in its country to have one.
The flagshipo sedan replaced the S80 sedan and is the longest in its segment
Volvo today has finally launched the much anticipated S90 luxury sedan in India. The car was first showcased at the 2016 NAIAS in January. The Swedish automaker’s flagship offering has been priced at INR. from INR 53.5 lakh, (ex-showroom Mumbai).
The S90 is a fully loaded sedan which not only looks futuristic but also gets all the bells and whistles inside. The car will compete directly with the German rivals like the Mercedes E-Class, BMW 5 Series and also the Audi A6. As of now Volvo has decided to introduce only a single D4 trim for the sedan for the Indian market.
Under the hood the S90 sedan is powered by 2.0-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine which is capable of producing about 190 hp of peak power at 4,250 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,500 rpm. The engine is paired to 8-speed Geartronic automatic transmission which sends power directly to the front wheels. The car will be sold in the Indian market via the CBU route and expect the deliveries to begin from December onward.
The S90 sedan replaced the manufacturers S80 sedan and underpins the same Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) platform which also underpins their flagship XC90 SUV. The sedan gets sharp styling and towards the front features the same sharp looking headlamps which house the LED headlamps and offcourse! Their latest Thor’s hammer daytime running lamps which can also been seen on the XC90 SUV. Towards the side profile the sedan gets 10-spoke, 18-inch Silver finished Diamond Cut wheels. Towards the rear profile the sedan gets twin exhaust which adds a sportier styling.
An interior which could give give proper competition to Mercedes S-Class
The Swedish auto manufacturer unveiled their flagship S90 sedan at the North American Auto show in January 2016 and offcourse it will also be launched in the Indian market too. Recently Volvo unveiled two new variants of the S90 including the long wheelbase version of the S90 and the S90 Excellence. The S90 Excellence is targeted mainly towards the high end sedan market of the World. Thee sedan will first make its official appearance at the Guangzhou Motor Show. <
Both the long wheelbase variant and the S90 Excellence trim will be made at the Volvo Cars’ production facility in Daqing, China, and will be exported globally. According to Volvo this variants will showcase highest level of quality. The sedan does not get any exterior change though but the S90 Excellence gets most of the changes inside.
While the S90 will go into production from November expect the S90 Excellence to go into production from 2017 onward and will be powered by Volvo’s T4 and T5 petrol engine and the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid system which will ensure uncompromised power and performance.
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The interiors are definitely the main highlights of this SUV
Volvo has launched the top end XC90 T8 Excellence SUV in India today. The high end hybrid vehicle is priced at INR. 1.25 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) and will be sold in the Indian market via the CBU unit.
As far as the styling is concerned the top end variant does not look different than the other XC90 variants on offer. However the few changes comes in the form of V and C pillars finished in Chrome, while the lower door section also gets chrome moldings as well. Apart from all that the T8 variant also features 21 inch alloy wheels.
Volvo has gone a step further to make the top end variant of their flagship SUV offering stand out amongst the other luxury SUV’s on offer. The cabin inside features individual 4 seat configurations leaving plenty of space for the passengers. The XC90 gets two separate power operated reclining individual seats for the rear passengers. The seats in particular gets massage and ventilation function, while the removal of the third row seats has also resulted in plenty of legroom for the rear passengers. The rear seats passengers also gets an optional retractable touchscreen tablet and folding tables. To enhance the overall luxury experience of the occupants the SUV also gets a beverage refrigerator with bottle and glass holder as well.
The customized center console in between the two rear seats also is equipped with heated and cooled cup holders and especially handmade glasses by some renowned Swedish glass designing company. Apart from all that for the entertainment of the occupants inside, the XC90 T8 variant sports the 20-speaker Bowers and Wilkins sound system. The XC90 T8 Excellence variant also gets an ambient lighting system and illuminated storage spaces inside.
Volvo S90 will launch in India in September, 2016
Volvo might not be as popular in India as its German rivals are. But the Swedish auto manufacturer is becoming quite a known brand in the country in recent times. Few months back the company launched the XC90 premium SUV in India, which is the flagship SUV of the brand. Now the automaker is all set to launch its flagship sedan in the country. Expected to be launched in September, 2016 the Volvo S90 comes in two different variants, D4 and D5. Both the variants will be powered by a same engine, in different tunes albeit. Once launched, it will directly compete against the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and very popular Mercedes Benz E Class in India.
The Swedish automaker has just commenced the pre launch booking process for the upcoming S90 luxury sedan. Here we will take a look at the facts and figures of the Volvo S90 sedan.
The V40 ’s character highlighted in the right manner
Volvo recently introduced the updated Volvo V40 to the world and although it has received subtle updates but that actually has helped the small hatchback to get a new character. The V40 as you all know by now underpins the global C platform which was developed for small cars. Although this car has been developed to compete with the other smaller cars from premium manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes and Audi but still it has a long way to go when we talk about the sales figures.
Whatever may be the case Volvo has left no stones unturned to make their updated hatchback look bolder and muscular. On the exterior the V40 gets the Thor’s hammer lamps which are mostly seen on bigger Volvo cars like the XC90 and the recently launched S90. Volvo has also introduced new colors as well for its exterior. While under the hood there are no noticeable changes which are bit disappointing. So the Volvo V40 is still available in the Indian market with the 2.0 Liter D4 diesel unit makes about 190 Hp of peak power at 4250 rpm and 400 Nm of torque in between 1750 to 2500 rpm, the engine is paired to an automatic gearbox.
Coming to the new commercial which looks equally gorgeous as the new hatchback, in this video you can watch a beautifully lit city at night and then the V40 hatchback makes an entrance. The commercial also highlights the new features of the hatchback beautifully. Watch the commercial and I am sure you will also love the background music too..
The new concept car looks practical and will help Volvo extend their product portfolio
If we look at the present automotive scenario then you have to admit that the compact and small cars are ruling the market. Even the premium manufacturers like Mercedes, BMW and Audi are concentrating on smaller cars to pick up their sales volume. Volvo has also been trying hard to enter the mass market area and even introduced the Volvo V40 Cross Country alongside the V40 hatchback but still they struggled to keep up with the German rivals.
Recently they have introduced two new concepts called the ‘Volvo Concept 40.1’ which looks like a crossover while the second one is called the ‘Volvo Concept 40.2’ which looks like a saloon. Now keeping in mind the naming it seems the Crossover will be their first attempt at the XC40 Crossover whiles the second ‘Concept 40.2’ will most probably be the next generation of their existing S40 sedan.
Volvo was working on a completely new platform and later they developed the all new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform which was built to support smaller or compact cars. The two new concepts underpin the same recently developed platforms which will help Volvo to further penetrate into a larger marker and they can do it by expanding their product portfolio.
Today we will be talking about both the new concepts that Volvo took the covers off. They seem to borrow Volvo’s new design language which was seen in some of their latest products including the XC90 SUV and the S90.
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The S60 Polestar surely is one fast car which can also perform on track equally well
Volvo Polestar is one such brand who has been transforming the standard Volvo cars into mean machines and now in this video you can watch the 2016 S60 in action on a track.
There is no doubt in the fact that the S60 Polestar cars are known for their unique blue paint and those signature alloy wheels and I am sure this car is also not so different either. Under the hood the V60 Polestar is powered by 3.0 Litre 6 cylinder turbocharged engine, which is actually capable of producing an impressive 350 Hp of peak power at 5250 rpm and 500 Nm of torque in between 3000-4750 rpm. The engine helps the car to reach 01-00 km/h mark in 4.9 seconds while it has a top spped of 250 km/h mark.
In this video you can watch the car being tested on track and the four wheel drive surely responds well but still is it the perfect car or not and does it have what it needs to compete with some other well known cars like Mercedes AMG’s and BMW M models is what you will find out in this video.
Watch as they are trying to push the car to its limit on the track.
It soaks power from other cars
Volvo XC90 is the flagship SUV of the Swedish automaker which not only offers premium luxury and comfort to the occupants, but it also offers dynamic safety features. Although in India Volvo is not a very popular brand, but many people who love luxury and comfort with safety prefer the brand.
Next generation Volvo XC90 was launched in India few months ago, and it directly competes against the Audi Q7, which is also another dynamic vehicle launched in India recently. The XC90 was first introduced to the Swedish automaker’s lineup in 2002. It was based on the P2 platform, and later when Volvo launched the second generation XC90 in 2014, it came based on SPA platform.
The second generation Volvo XC90 gets a design which reflects power, style and masculinity. The XC90 T8 on the other hand is also capacitated with a hybrid powertrain. No more haters for hybrids. Uniquely it is the first car in the world, which can get power from other cars without arousing any suspicion.
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The S60 Polestar got some serious amount of power under its hood
Volvo not only focuses on safety of the passengers but also makes sure that they get to experience the wild side of the brand as well. The Polestar is the performance brand of Volvo and takes Volvo’s stock cars and adds their magic touch to bring out their wild side. In short Polestar performs the same job that AMG does for Mercedes or the M brand for BMW. Although Polestars cars are not popular in the Indian market or you can say Volvo is hesitating to introduce their performance brand in India but keeping the Indian auto market in mind they won’t be taking long to introduce the Polestar brand in India soon.
Now recently Volvo has introduced the updated version of their popular S60 and V60 Polestar in the International market. The standard S60 sedan is already available for sale in the Indian market and although this Swedish car brand is not so popular like the other German car brands but they now started concentrating on the Indian market as well and perhaps that is also the reason they now have decided to launch the all new S90 sedan in India soon.
But keeping all that aside and concentrating only on the updated S60 Polestar, we can assure you that the new performance oriented sedan is quick and can sprint from 0-100km/h mark in just 4.7 seconds while the overall power output has also been hiked.
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The same S60 sedan with occasional offroading skills
We are all familiar with the Crossover hatchback and perhaps have plenty of them flooding the Indian market but the idea of a sedan based Crossover is totally new for everybody. One such manufacturer who has been known to experiment a lot has surely surprised us all when they showcased a Cross Country version of their S60 sedan at the 2015 Geneva Auto show.
Volvo introduced the Cross Country brand back in the year 1997 and the first product that came out from the brand was the V70 Cross Country, later Volvo also launched some beefed up variants of the V40, V60 and the V70 which helped Volvo expand their Cross Country lineup further. Coming to the S60 Cross Country, this four door soft roader has an increased ride height and some added lower body cladding to gives it the jacked up appearance. The S60 Cross Country even has been fitted with high profile tyres which gives this sedan a smooth ride when the terrain is not particularly friendly.
According to the Volvo officials their latest invention even has “a completely unique expression of adventure and all-road readiness in a distinctly sporty and stylish package,” Volvo already launched their V40 Cross Country in the Indian market which is a hatchback possessing a Crossover stance and although it was not able to pull the crowd like its rival the BMW X1 but still it is one worthy and capable vehicle. On the other hand the new S60 Cross Country surely has opened an entire new side in the automotive world and also will motivate other auto brands to experiment with their products and come up with some new ideas in the near future.
The S60 Cross Country will be available with both diesel and petrol drivetrains and you can find every detail once you go through the article.
Update 11.03.2016:- Volvo has launched the S60 Cross Country sedan in India today. We have updated this review with all the details of the newly launched sedan available with us at this moment
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The luxury sedan with off-roading capability debuted at Detroit Motor Show
Volvo has launched the S60 Cross Country in India today. This unique one of a kind ‘Crossover sedan’ has been priced at INR. 38.9 lakh(ex-showroom, Mumbai).
The S60 Cross Country made its debut at the Detroit Motor in 2015, and this is one unique Cross breed between rugged SUV and a sedan. The main purpose behind building the S60 Cross Country was that it will provide all the comfort and luxury of a sedan but you can even use this car for occasional off roading as well. The Cross Country variant gets added body claddings towards the lower half of the car which actually helped it to add some muscular stance to the cars exterior. Apart from all that the ground clearance of the sedan has also been raised by almost 65 mm from the standard S60 sedan and thus the S60 Cross Country ground clearance now stands at 201 mm which is pretty impressive for a sedan.
The S60 Cross Country is launched in India with the 2.4 Litre D4, 5 cylinder diesel unit which is capable of producing about 187 Bhp of peak power and 420 Nm of torque. The diesel mill is paired to a six speed automatic gearbox which sends power to all the four wheels.
The S60 CC gets plenty of features inside for the occupants as well, inside the cabin you will find electric front seats which gets wrapped with high quality leather upholstery. The infotainment system positioned in the middle of the dashboard gets all the necessary things including Bluetooth connectivity, navigation along with reverse camera with parking sensors. The car is offered with five exterior color options as well.