Being one of the models in the class doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of strong points to compete with rivals. The XC90 is a perfect example. Even though we are talking about a model that hasn’t changed since 2015, it is still one of the best models in the class. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the Swedish manufacturer isn’t rushing with the next generation. According to the latest reports, the new XC90 won’t come before the 2024 model year, which clearly indicates that the 2023 Volvo XC90 will come without more important updates.
This means that you may count on a familiar design, which still has a lot of great things to offer. Despite it’s been among the oldest in the class, this crossover features one of the nicest interiors in the class, while the amount of standard and available equipment is pretty impressive too. Furthermore, there is a range of capable engine options, while the large cargo area provides a high level of practicality as well.
We expect that the 2023 Volvo XC90 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Volvo XC90 Redesign
It’s been seven years since the current generation of this mid-size crossover was released and not many things have changed since then. The car rides on the familiar SPA platform and offers a good balance between comfort and athleticism. Unlike German rivals, it features a transversally-mounted engine and FWD layout, while you can also get AWD versions, which use Haldex differential.
Visually, the 2023 Volvo XC90 will continue with the familiar design, which was updated for the 2021 model years. For that occasion, we saw new front and rear fascias, a new grille design and a few more styling updates. So, the best we could see for the next year are new color options, though we shouldn’t exclude the possibility to see things like a new appearance package either.
The same thing goes for interior design. The 2023 Volvo XC90 is about to carry on in the same way and that’s a great thing. Simply, this crossover features one of the nicest cabin designs in the class. It combines high-quality materials and excellent build quality with elegant aesthetics, which made this cabin age in such a nice way.
Besides the great build quality, the XC90 also offers plenty of space and a high level of practicality. It comes standard with three rows of seats and accommodates up to seven passengers. The front seats are some of the best in the class, with stylish upholstery and excellent comfort. Furthermore, the second row is as spacious and accommodates taller passengers with ease. The third row is typically tight for the class and it works best for youngsters.
We presume that the 2023 Volvo XC90 could bring a couple of new things to the list of standard and available equipment. Still, most of the things are about to remain the same. So, all models should come standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, wireless device charging, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, quad-zone climate control, proximity keyless entry, panoramic sunroof etc. Additionally, you can get upgrades like premium 14- and 19-speaker audio systems, rear sunshades and ambient lighting.
When it comes to safety, base models will come standard with a rearview camera, parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition, automatic high beams etc. Also, expect to find upgrades like a head-up display, surround-view camera, hands-free park assist etc.
2023 Volvo XC90 Engines
Things under the hood definitely won’t change and the 2023 Volvo XC90 will continue with three familiar powertrain options on the offer. Base T5 models will continue with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. The T6 model brings an upgrade in terms of an additional supercharger, which provides a max output of 316 horsepower and provides notably better driving dynamics.
Finally, there is a plug-in hybrid version, known as the T8. This one combines the turbocharged/supercharged engine with an electric motor and a battery pack, for a total output of 400 horsepower. The battery has 11.6 kWh of capacity, which is enough to provide 18 miles in the all-electric mode.
All three powertrains come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission from Aisin, which does a pretty good job.
2023 Volvo XC90 Release Date and Price
Since there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Volvo XC90 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. Base models should go around 51.000 dollars, while the key competitors will be crossovers like BMW X5, Audi Q7, Acura MDX etc.