My guess is because they'd need more torque in an SUV for towing than the 2.9 I6 NA, and the 272 hp I6 TT would be too much power (wouldn't want your SUV to keep up with the flagship) It's a marketing and/or cost thing.quote:
Originally posted by InDy:
Aftonbladet says that they will be showing a picture of the XC90 on November 29th. So that means we will get to see it this Thursday hopefully.
Any idea why Volvo would use a turbocharged Ford 2.5 V6 instead of just using their own 2.9 NA liter I6 for 210hp? That just doesn't make any sense to me. I think that the motor choices will be: 2.9 liter I6 210hp, 2.8 liter I6-TT 272hp, and the D5 engine. I guess that we will find out on Thursday!
What I meant to say by 'slotted between' was price-wise, not in size. The only SUV in that size range that can carry 7 people is the Acura MDX. The RX300, QX4, ML-Series, and X5 only offer seating for 5, so that will be a big advantage for the XC90.quote:
Originally posted by Ransom:
Well, actually the XC90 won't be smaller than the BMW X5 or the Mercedes M-class.
You are correct in that the XC90 will not be FWD, for North America.quote:
Originally posted by [email protected]:
Okay, I have some info from my own source at Volvo regarding the XC90.
The SUV will be AWD only using Haldex. There will not be a FWD in the US. If there is a FWD, and my contact seemed to doubt it, then it would be a base European model most likely.
D5 motors are expected in Europe, but not the USA.
The use of the 6cyl motors from the S80 and S80 T6 are correct, though any use of a new 8cyl (specifically a V8) is premature as use of such motors wouldn't be for at least a year.
7 Passenger seating was also confirmed.
Originally posted by Phil Pugliese:
Some select dealer personal got to see it out in Calif. last week. A big XC70 was the concenous.
Motors: 2.5T..210HP and 2.8TT..272HP. Not sure isf the 2.5 is a bored out 2.4 5cyl or a V6 from JAg, need help here.
5 and 7 (forward)passenger seating
FWD and AWD.
Taillights up the back like the V70
Center seat of second row can be removed for a childs seat
Rear gate will be similier to the Ford Explorer.. 1/3 bottom ..2/3 top.. gate will hold abut 500lb.
Not sure which AWD.. I assume Haldex.
Car is 30cm (1ft.). taller that current S80.
T6 will have different packages to keep upscale from smaller model. Also 7 pass wil be std on T6
Yannis, I hope you are right...Tom D. and Frank both said we are gonna see a 5 cyl and a FWD versions, both I think are mistakes for this car. Lets lead not follow.quote:
Originally posted by GrecianVolvo:
the only engines that we will see here in the US are both in-line 6 cyl., same engine sfound in the current S80s with some slight modifications. In Europe, they will get a high pressure 5-cyl. 2.0L engine, the 2.4T that we know from here, and the D5 which is a Direct Injection Turbo Diesel already in use for the past year or so...
I will agree with Phil on the notion that "because we are working for Retailers we get first crack on upcoming models, etc.". NOt at all! Volvo has been notorious for not educating us ON TIME. We usually have to rely on "outside sources"...Anyway, my own source from Sweden has told me that the AWD is the model we will get. As far as the engines, she doubts we will see a 5-cyl. engine in the US although that is being considered, for marketing reasons. The FWD is under consideration but she, again, doubts it will come since they see that such experiments (as she called them) from other manufacturers have not been successful (see Lexus ES300) with the FWD variant in such a model.quote:
Originally posted by Phil Pugliese:
Yannis, I hope you are right...Tom D. and Frank both said we are gonna see a 5 cyl and a FWD versions, both I think are mistakes for this car. Lets lead not follow.
As far as dealers having the info first, we wish... this is usually a better sourse. For the most parts manufactures are very slow in getting info to the front lines.