Volvo XC90 Gets KERS, Adds a B to Its Name

Andrew Cummings
February 24, 2019

The system, which uses kinetic energy recovery braking to assist the combustion engine, is claimed to deliver fuel efficiency savings and emissions reductions of as much as 15%.

The new "B"-badged cars complement Volvo's existing T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid electrified option on the new XC90". B-badged cars can come with either a diesel or petrol engine, and Volvo expects these versions to become the most popular.

It introduced the new face of the Volvo brand characterised by the Thor's Hammer headlights, while introducing its new Scalable Product Architecture.

We don't have any real detail yet of exactly how Volvo are delivering the KERS boost for the XC90, but we do know there will be an XC90 B5 petrol, an XC90 B5 diesel and an XC90 B6 petrol on offer. On the interior, new materials, including a wool blend, are being offered.

This evolved powertrain will be joined by the XC90's current T8 plug-in hybrid engine, thus giving Volvo buyers essentially two electrified options. It's hard to complain about that, however, as the Volvo mid-size luxury SUV is still among the most stylish in its segment.

The updated Volvo XC90 has been unveiled, and the exterior differences are hard to spot. Other changes/updates on the 2020 XC90 include an upgraded Sensus touchscreen infotainment system supporting Spotify and Android Auto, in addition to the Apple CarPlay.

The comprehensive suit of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) has been augmented with features such as new Blind Spot Information System and City Safety both of which now offer steering aid.

Oncoming lane mitigation is now also available, and an automatic braking feature has been added to the cross traffic alert system.

The model year 2020 version of the XC90 will go in production in May at the Torslanda plant in Sweden and is now available to order in all Volvo markets around the globe.

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