To attract the attention of other drivers, the XC90 was launched in early 2002 as the first SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) made from Volvo Cars. This is also Volvo’s first seven-seat car that has been developed since the 1940s. The Volvo XC90 has controlled the All-Wheel Drive electronically. It has a very poor capacity to drive on the road, but is mainly intended as a spacious passenger car with excellent driving behavior, exceptional safety and intelligent flexibility.
Review the XC90 Design
Five-door SUV – a crossover model that combines the comfort and convenience of a passenger car with exceptional ability and flexibility. The Volvo XC90 is designed to give a strong and elegant and strong impression. It was built as a passenger car, with the same body and chassis type as found in Volvo sedan models – unlike some other SUV models built on truck chassis. The Volvo XC90 comes with five or seven seats, depending on the specifications. The passenger compartment is very spacious, thanks to Volvo’s modern powertrain concept with the installation of a transverse engine.
The chairs are placed high to give the driver a view that directs traffic and passengers to a comfortable sitting position. All passenger seats can be folded. The truck body is divided into top and bottom. This makes the Volvo XC90 a very flexible and versatile car. The top model in this lineup is the exclusive Volvo XC90 Executive, which features equipment and comfort with exceptional quality.
Reviewing Security XC90
Volvo Cars adopts a holistic view of safety that includes Preventive and Protective safety.
Preventive safety is closely related to the nature of driving a car. The Volvo XC90 body displays exceptional torsional rigidity and the car has a sturdy chassis, a combination that produces consistent and predictable behavior on the road (see also under “Powertrain and Chassis”). High ground clearance to offer the ability to get you on a bad road. Even so, the floor of the car is made low, which contributes to the car’s low center of gravity and excellent directional stability.
Volvo Cars has developed various information systems designed to help drivers while traveling. One such system is IDIS (Intelligent Driver Information System), which for example suspends phone calls in complicated traffic situations that require undivided driver attention.
BLIS – Blind Spot Information System – register if there is another vehicle at the blind spot behind the offset next to the car and notify the driver via a visual signal.
Bi-Xenon Active Light – moving beam lights that follow the curvature of the road – helps maintain the best visibility in the dark on the turn road.
The Volvo XC90 can be equipped with an optional tire pressure control system – TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System).
Safety protection on the Volvo XC90 is structured around a network consisting of exterior and interior safety systems that interact with each other to reduce the risk of passenger injury during a collision.
The exterior system has the task of distributing and absorbing the incoming collision force so that the passenger compartment remains intact and not damaged as possible. Thanks to the unit, the Volvo XC90 can be built with the same type of deformation zone as other Volvo car models. The body is built in the form of a metal cage where all components interact with each other to ensure controlled deformation.
The softly rounded front and extra rays under the front bumper help reduce the risk of injury to other road users.
The interior security system aims to keep passengers safe in their place and also to reduce the risk of serious injury. To provide the most effective protection possible, Volvo Cars has developed a number of internal systems, such as WHIPS (Whiplash Protection System), SIPS (Side Impact Protection System) and IC (Inflatable Curtain). All are equipped as standard in the Volvo XC90. Certain components have undergone further development specifically for the XC90 model. For example, the Inflatable Curtain has been extended so that it also includes passengers in the third row seat. All seven seats are equipped with three-point inertia-reel seat belts, pre-tensioner belts and head restraints. Security as high as possible requires all car occupants to always use their seat belts.
The Volvo XC90 has a reinforced roll-over protection feature. The active stability enhancement system (Roll Stability Control) is active if the car is at risk of rolling. Engine power is reduced, the anti roll roll rigidity increases and the brakes are automatically applied to stabilize the car. If the car has to be rolled over, a network of beams in the body structure helps distribute and absorb the force produced. In addition, the electronic sensor records if the car will roll over and therefore activates the pre-pressure seat belt and rubber curtain.
Review the XC90 Powertrain and chassis
The Volvo XC90 is launched with a range of five and six cylinder engines. Everything is mounted transversely according to the Volvo modern powertrain concept. They are designed to operate smoothly, with low vibration and high torque in a wide rotation range. The T6 engine is a powerful high performance unit with twin turbochargers.
In the fall of 2004, a powerful V8 aluminum engine was added to its ranks, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. V8 engines are also installed transversely.
The fully in-line six-cylinder engine was only launched in 2006. This engine is very compact and transversely installed, for optimal collision safety and maximum cabin space.
The chassis, with spring support at the front and Multilink axle at the rear, is set for convincing and convincing driving stability and alert steering response. The Multilink rear axle is an independent rear suspension system that displays a number of links and is designed to offer a good combination of controlled wheel movement and high driving comfort. Some of these links have the task of giving a certain level of anti-skid steering effect. A long and wide wheelbase, together with a very torsional body, contributes to predictable and controlled driving. Large wheels with relatively high tire profiles and rigid tire sidewalls contribute further to stability.
The Volvo XC90 has an Volvo electronically controlled All-Wheel Drive system with Instant Traction, for fast and effective traction distribution even when moving on slippery surfaces. The advanced Volvo DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control) stability enhancement system is installed as standard. DSTC cuts and helps stabilize the car if it registers a tendency to slip.
Reviewing XC90 Exhaust Gas Emissions
The Volvo XC90 is designed and equipped to have as little impact as possible on the global environment and to offer a clean and healthy interior climate. Low internal friction, efficient combustion and sophisticated exhaust filtration technology produce low emissions. Energy-efficient diesel engines with particle filters produce low carbon dioxide and soot particles.
The engine on the Volvo XC90 can be determined optionally with a catalytic radiator layer – PremAir®. This system converts dangerous ozone to pure oxygen when the car drives it. The biggest benefit in heavy city traffic and in strong sunlight. The Volvo IAQS (Interior Air Quality System) effectively reduces the number of particles, pollen, gas, and certain odors in the air entering the cabin. All textiles and leather upholstery are certified according to the ÖKO-TEX 100, an international standard that ensures that interior trim is free of allergy and hazardous materials.
Gallery of 2006 Volvo XC90 Specs and Review
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