2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design Review

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The 2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design is an upgraded model characterized by more sporty design. This trim level is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2015.

2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design Exterior

front view

The 2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design package brings the new exterior features to this luxury SUV, making it more sporty. The front grille has been revised, while the bumper comes with a new metal-finished spoiler. Those silk metal finishes can also be found on the roof rails, around the door windows and on the dual pipes. The headlights feature the same T-shaped design, while the taillights stretch alongside the tailgate. The car will come with unique 20- or 22- inch alloy wheels.

rear view

Interior Styling

Interior of the 2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design also receives a facelift. It looks both sporty and luxurious. The seats are very comfortable, and wrapped in premium leather. There are also other distinctive details, such as the new floor mats, pedals, illuminated tread plates, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob.

As for the technology and infotainment system, behind the steering wheel you can find a digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center console. There are almost no buttons, all the functions are controlled via a touch input.


Engine Range and Performance

The 2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design does feature the new look, but its engine range still remains the same. There aren’t any performance upgrades. All models use the supercharged 2.0-liter I-4 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The T5 Turbo petrol unit can produce 254 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, while the T6 Turbo can deliver 316 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque. The D4 diesel engine delivers 190 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of twist, while the D5 Twin Turbo diesel unit produces 225 hp and 346 lb-ft of twist.

As for the T8 hybrid model, its 2.0L engine is paired with an 80-hp electric motor, and both units can generate the total output of 400 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque. It can travel up to 25 miles on electric power alone.


Price and Release Date

The Swedish automaker only unveiled the price of the T6 model with all-wheel-drive; it is priced at $48,900, or $49,825 if you include destination fee. The 2016 Volvo XC90 R-Design trim is expected to have a little bit higher price, which could easily start between $55,000 and $60,000.

You can already order the base model online. However, deliveries won’t start until the March of next year. The R-Design model will enter into the production in May of 2015, so don’t expect it to be released before the second half of the year.

Photo Gallery

Check out the rest of the photos of the upcoming SUV in this picture gallery.


side view

front and rear ends

above view

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