Music lovers everywhere should know that Volvo Cars has teamed up with Bowers & Wilkins to craft a premium sound system for the upcoming 2015 XC90. The new system is unlike any found on the road today. According to Bowers & Wilkins, the setup features many bespoke acoustic systems that were created using the company’s extensive experience crafting reference speakers for physical locations like Abbey Road Studios in London. It marks the first time the technologies have been used in a vehicle.
What that basically means is that you should be prepared to be amazed the first time you climb inside a second-generation Volvo XC90 and turn on the sound system, no matter what you listen to.
The audio system setup is pretty impressive. There are a total of 19 speakers with a mixture of high-performance and low-distortion designs. The aluminum tweeters have an extended range, while the midrange units feature Kevlar components. A center speaker is mounted in the dash and has a tweeter-on-top configuration for a more open sound. It is the first time the setup has been used in a vehicle.
A 12-channel HARMAN 1,400 watts Class D amplifier provides power for the setup. There are seven Nautilus tweeters feature what the company calls “the latest treble technology.” Seven midrange speakers with yellow Bowers & Wilkins Kevlar cones are scattered throughout the interior of the XC90. There are also four cone woofers. A single air-ventilated subwoofer rounds out the audio system setup, but instead of being bolted on it is actually integrated into the body of the Volvo.
Just a few weeks ago, Volvo showed off the interior of the 2015 XC90, which looks incredibly stylish and luxurious. Combined with the news of the audio system, the upcoming crossover looks to be showing that the automaker has turned over a new leaf. Look for a reveal of the exterior of the vehicle in the coming weeks.