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New Volvo XC90 R-Design revealed

  • R-Design to add “spice” to SUV range
  • Exclusive details applied throughout the popular family car
  • Promises a dynamic ride and agile driving experience

Written by Alexander Fyfe Published: 19 September 2014 Updated: 22 July 2015

The Swedish car maker has released images of the new R-Design XC90, the first time the popular family SUV has received Volvo’s sportier trim level. This follows the unveiling of the all-new XC90, available to order from October and being delivered in May 2015.

The new XC90 already offers a promising package; a sleek body, revolutionary safety technology and more economical engines. The addition of the R-Design trim option complements the range nicely, with Volvo hoping a wider choice will allow it to build upon the cars already loyal following.

Volvo’s Senior Vice President Alain Visser describes the new R-Design as a model for people who have “a passion for things that add spice to life.”  On paper, the car lives up to the ‘spicy’ billing; particularly given the choice of powertrains offering up to 400bhp. A dynamic ride is also promised, with the all new XC90 chassis said to offer an agile driving experience.

On the exterior, Volvo has liberally applied R-Design details to distinguish the car from its lesser stablemates. Fat dual tailpipes, front spoiler and a gaping grille differentiate this as a more muscular beast. Vast 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, or a 22-inch option if your spine is strong enough, complete the performance orientated look

This theme is continued on the interior, with the usual details sprinkled around the cabin; exclusive pedals, sports seats, floor mats, gearstick knob and perforated leather steering wheel. Illuminated tread plates and an exclusive R-Design remote control complete this premium trim level.

The R-Design also gets exclusive graphics on its 12.3-inch touchscreen and driver displays, with Volvo claiming in-car controls are now virtually button free. The system will of course include the latest connectivity, cloud services and internet access.

The new XC90 R-Design looks to be a promising addition to the range, with it complementing the line-up well. The new XC90 already acquits itself well, with plenty of impressive innovations and a positive exterior overhaul. The R-Design gets all these benefits, and yet also distinguishes itself sufficiently for those looking for a little more spice.