Volvo Cars introduces All Wheel Drive powertrain upgrade for V40 Cross Country
- All-Wheel Drive (AWD) rugged all-road capability
- Reduced emissions and improved fuel economy
- Powertrain upgrade completes a series of enhancements
The successful Drive-E powertrain with a 245 hp petrol turbo T5 engine that was made available earlier this year for the V40 is now being introduced for the V40 Cross Country – with the added capability of AWD.
“Volvo Cars is continuing to evolve the V40 Cross Country with this powertrain upgrade. The combination of the Drive-E T5 engine with AWD will give adventurous customers the power to explore, and all the control they need to be confident in all road conditions,” says Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars.
With 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque, the V40 Cross Country delivers all the power that drivers have come to expect from a Volvo. Adding to the refinement and fuel-efficient driveability is the 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddles on the steering wheel for manual gear shifting. The upgrade will be available starting mid-fall in Europe, with a global roll-out over the following months.
Impressive CO2 reductions
Since they were introduced last year, Volvo Cars’ ground-breaking four-cylinder Drive-E engines have been widely hailed for their unique ability to combine power and efficiency with a small footprint. Compared to the V40 Cross Country’s previous T5 engine, the new powertrain reduces emissions to an impressive 149 g/km – a level unmatched by the Audi Q3 TFSI Quattro (179 g/km), the BMW X1 BMW X1 xDrive20i xLine auto (170 g/km) or the Mercedez-Benz B-class (SUV) 220 Sport 4MATIC DCT (156 g/km).
This powertrain upgrade continues the series of enhancements that have been made to the V40 Cross Country this year. Other new additions have been a 19” Damara alloy wheel with grey diamond-cut rims, delivering not only extra comfort and off-road capability, but also less noise and added rim protection; plus a new exterior colour, Power Blue, as well as the updated on-board infotainment and navigation system, Sensus Connect, providing customers with a fully connected car.
Volvo Cars reveals the all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design
Volvo Cars has released the first images of the R-Design version of the all-new XC90, aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look.
“R-Design is created for people with a passion for things that add spice to life,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group. “It appeals to customers that love active driving and a personal, expressive design. Every single R-Design detail is designed to contribute to the individualistic and refined expression these customers desire.”
The visual promise of a dynamic ride is confirmed by the driver-centric interior featuring R-Design sports seats in a Nubuck and fine Nappa leather. A choice of Drive-E powertrains offering up to 400 hp and the completely new XC90 chassis ensure an agile driving experience.
The release of the R-Design follows Volvo’s release of 1,927 individually numbered black First Edition XC90’s which were offered for sale exclusively online and sold out in 47 hours.
Distinctive R-Design detailing
The R-Design exterior includes a number of distinguishing details, such as grille, lower front spoiler, window in silk metal, and a R-Design dual tailpipe surround, integrated bright roof rails and mirror covers in matte silver. 20-inch or optional 22-inch R-Design alloy wheels complete the stylish, dynamic look.
Inside, the sports seats and perforated leather steering wheel are accompanied by special R-Design details, such as gearshift knob, pedals, floor mats and illuminated thread plates. The driver also gets an exclusive R-Design leather key remote control.
Tablet-like touch screen
The tablet-like touch screen in the center console and a 12.3-inch fully graphical driver display are of course included in the R-Design. The driver display also features a unique R-Design theme. The heart of the all-new in-car control is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to operate their car and access a range of Internet and cloud based products and services.
New trim level strategy
R-Design is one of three choices in Volvo Cars’ reinvented trim level strategy available in the U.S. The very competitive Momentum trim level is a well-contented vehicle designed to meet the needs of consumers. The Inscription trim level is designed for customers that have a focus on craftsmanship, increased comfort and exclusive features not found on Momentum or R-Design. R-Design’s focus is on a sporty and dynamic aura.
“In principle, we have replaced the previous top level with the Inscription and R-Design versions. Both of them feature an elevated content, carefully chosen to emphasize each of their distinctive individual personalities,” said Alain Visser.
What Car? Names Volvo XC90 As Best Large SUV Winner At Used Car Of The Year Awards 2014
- Volvo XC90 named Best Large SUV class winner at What Car? Used Car of the Year awards 2014
- Refinement, design, practicality and value for money all singled out for praise
- More than 54,000 XC90s have found homes with UK customers over 12-year lifecycle
After 12 years on sale and more than 54,000 UK owners, the current Volvo XC90 continues to reaffirm its legendary status with yet another award win.
What Car? has tonight named the 2010 XC90 2.5 D5 SE Lux as Best Large SUV category winner at its Used Car of the Year Awards 2014.
Judges praised the car’s refinement, design and practicality, together with its value for money as a used vehicle for the nation’s families.
Alex Newby, Associate Editor at What Car?, said: “The XC90 is the only non-MPV you can get which will fit three child seats in a row. That makes it fantastically attractive to anybody who has a larger family but frankly doesn't want the image that comes with an MPV or similar car. It's also fantastic quality and it does very well for safety; it's got an excellent number of features.
Fellow judge Nigel Donnelly added: “It's a family car par excellence. It's got seven seats, it's very safe, it's reliable, and it's cracking value as a used buy.”
The award comes just weeks after the car’s successor was revealed to the world. Indeed, such is the anticipation among customers for the forthcoming replacement, a special First Edition of the new car, available for online purchase only to 1,927 customers, proved so successful it sold out in just 47 hours.
Bruce Greenwood, Used Car Programme Manager at Volvo Car UK, said: “The first XC90 proved a runaway success for us here in the UK – and a 12-year lifecycle, with sustained sales success throughout that period, is proof of just how well the car was designed.
“On the evidence of the recent First Edition launch, it seems the new model is attracting just as much attention and is hotly anticipated so we look forward to attracting more new customers to the Volvo brand in the coming years.”
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Dramas in store for Leg Zero!
Organisers order crews to run through crisis scenarios
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ALICANTE, Spain – Seven Volvo Ocean Race boats set off together for the two-day Leg Zero on Friday knowing that a series of “crises” loom for all of them – and they have all been planned by the organisers.
The fleet will be sailing to Majorca and back from Race headquarters in Alicante and failure to complete the trip will mean they will have to return to do it again or at least complete any unfinished mileage.
Before the Leg Zero race starts in earnest, they will need to run through a list of emergency procedures such as losing a man overboard or major equipment failure.
The all-women’s Team SCA have even been given a special model made by Race organisers to practise their rescue procedures for a crew member swept off the boat.
Race Director Jack Lloyd explained why the event is ensuring all seven crews go through the crisis rehearsals ahead of the start of the Volvo Ocean Race proper on October 4.
“Leg Zero is a really important exercise for both the Race and the sailors,” says Lloyd. “We are able to dry run all our communications in Race Control and for the media.
“Safety of course is paramount – this Race is risky enough as it is – and we want to ensure all the crews know exactly what they need to do if things go badly wrong such as a sailor falling overboard.
“All the teams have been briefed that they need to go through these safety exercises before the trip.”
Lloyd is underlining that Leg Zero does not count towards the Volvo Ocean Race itself but the ultra-competitive teams which are more evenly matched than ever before in the 41-year history of the event thanks to the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 can’t help but introducing some serious rivalry to the event.
“This will be a really important test for us and a chance to improve and work on a few things with just weeks to go before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race. Leg Zero is a real race, and we will be treating it as such,” says Italy’s Alberto Bolzan of Team Alvimedica.
“It will be a very important exercise in terms of the sail changes, the tactics, and it will be important to learn from what the other teams do. We are working hard from six in the morning to 10 at night, using every minute of the day.”