Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Xc90 Retains an Element of Mystery

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Xc90 Retains an Element of Mystery

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Byline: Mike Stone

VOLVO has unveiled its secondgeneration XC90 -- the SUV that has proved so popular with London families -- with all the hoopla of a Bond film premiere.

Hundreds of journalists from across the world descended on Stockholm for a first glimpse of the car, which, in effect, relaunches Volvo as a brand. And we weren't even being allowed to drive it, it was just a "reveal".

This all-new seven-seater is the first product of a PS6.5 billion investment by the Swedish car giant, and the first to use Volvo's SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform and new Drive E engines. All models have two-litre, four-cylinder engines giving 190 to 400hp, and Volvo claims the car is the safest ever built.

The top of the range T8 Twin Engine model has a supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine to drive the front wheels and an 80hp electric motor for the rears.

Together they produce 400hp and 640Nm of torque, yet only about 60g/km of C02. …

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