Oh the Swedes have done it again! From the country that brought us the Ikea furniture that has drawn the ire of many comes a new crossover that looks… absolutely like nothing you can purchase at the big box store. Volvo is preparing to launch the new generation of the XC90, revealing first the interior of the people mover, which looks incredibly nice and modern, plus employs a number of ingenious innovations.
The last three concept vehicles from Volvo have featured not only sporty, muscular exterior designs but also interiors that are downright sumptuous while still maintaining a Swedish simplicity. The 2015 Volvo XC90 mirrors many of the concepts’ interior designs to an almost shocking amount, including the gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors, while controls such as the ignition button and volume control for the sound system are made of diamond cut pieces. It appears that the automaker’s move in hiring former Bentley employee Robin Page is paying out in spades.
Infotainment systems are the bane of many modern car owners’ existence, but Volvo hopes to alleviate such woes by including a new Apple CarPlay system in the XC90. This move will, of course, be quite controversial, but considering the company’s customer base and target market, it is likely an extremely crafty move.
Interior space looks to be excellent, with plenty of space on all three rows of seating. The second-row seats can slide front and back as well as recline. All seats on the second and third rows can fold independently to accommodate cargo as needed. Third-row legroom looks to be greatly increased versus what is available on the previous generation. All of this additional interior space comes as a result of the XC90 being the first new Volvo production model to be based on the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture, which gives designers greater liberty when it comes to the vehicle’s overall layout, including freeing up more space for occupants and cargo.
It appears that all of the talk from Volvo lately is being backed up by some real action.