New Volvo XC90 R-Design revealed 22 July 2015 by Alexander Fyfe R-Design to add “spice” to SUV range Exclusive details applied throughout the popular family car Promises a dynamic ride and agile driving experience Enlarge 5 photos Main image caption The New Volvo XC90. 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. Advertisement The New Volvo XC90. The New Volvo XC90 R-Design, Rear detail. The New Volvo XC90 R-Design, Front detail. The New Volvo XC90 R-Design, Rear view. The New Volvo XC90 R-Design, Profile view.