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Published: 29 November 2001, 09:00 CET

First official pictures of the new Volvo Volvo XC90 - The next generation SUV

The Volvo Car Corporation today releases the first official pictures of its new SUV, the Volvo XC90. The passenger car-based Volvo XC90 is the top of the line model in the Swedish carmaker's new XC-range. "Our all-wheel drive Volvo XC90 is a next-generation SUV, aimed to be one of the safest and most exciting on the market," says Hans Wikman, Project Director. The Volvo XC90 will be unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show on 7 January 2002.

There is no doubt to the observer that the new XC90 is a true modern Volvo in every respect. Trademark design elements such as the V-shaped bonnet and the pronounced shoulders, have been combined with a powerful stance and modern design featuring gently rounded, elegant lines.
"We wanted the car to look masculine and confident, but not macho" explains Peter Horbury, Vice President and Chief Designer.
The functional design in combination with efficient packaging and transverse engines helps give the new Volvo XC90 the necessary preconditions for a high degree of flexibility and versatility. Up to seven people can ride in comfort and safety in forward-facing seats.
When Volvo Cars launches a new car model, one aim is always to reinforce the company's leading position in the field of safety. The Volvo XC90 is no exception - in terms of either active or passive safety. For instance, the new XC90 showcases a range of technologically advanced new solutions in the important area of roll-over protection.
The problem of vehicle compatibility - where a SUV collides with a lower conventionally shaped passenger car - was another high-priority area throughout the development of the Volvo XC90.
The Volvo XC90 can be specified with a choice of 5-cylinder and 6-cylinder petrol engines, or with Volvo's new 5-cylinder diesel unit. All the engines are turbocharged.
Assembly of the new car will start in 2002 at the Torslanda factory in Göteborg on Sweden's west coast, where Volvo Cars is concentrating the production of all its larger models. The North American market is expected to account for about 65 percent of total Volvo XC90 sales.

29 November 2001
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