With the 2015 Volvo XC90’s world debut set to take place at the 2014 Paris Auto Show, Volvo has decided to reveal images of the new model’s interior ahead of its October debut and based on these images, it looks like the XC90 is in for a substantial round of updates which should help boost its relevance against rivals from BMW, Mercedes, and Cadillac
The images reveal that the overall design and layout of the interior has moved a notch or two more upscale with luxury oriented features such as real wood trim on the dashboard and center console, as well as a healthy amount of supple leather upholstery for ample comfort as well as enhanced interior quality. The highlight though is the new touchscreen which is tablet like in appearance and function, and is responsible for controlling the XC90’s infotainment system. This system (besides doing a good impression of Tesla’s unit) is light years ahead of the dated accommodations in the old XC90 which was noticeably behind rivals in regards to functionality and appearance. Other goodies include a reworked three spoke steering wheel with built in satellite buttons, and a fully digital instrument cluster which is starting to become a current theme in many other luxury offerings, and it is nice to see the XC90 finally embrace this trend as well.
While Volvo has not revealed the production exterior styling of the 2015 XC90, look for it to utilize elements from the Concept Coupe concept which made its first appearance last September in Frankfurt as well as select themes from the XC Coupe and Concept Estate concepts which made their debuts at the Detroit and Geneva Auto Show respectively. Regardless of which concept it ultimately takes its inspiration from, look for the 2015 XC90 to be less boxy than it’s predecessor with more angles and curves to give it much needed visual punch especially when viewed side by side with competitors.
In addition to its revamped interior and exterior design, the 2015 XC90 will also be the first Volvo offering to be built on the company’s new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). Look for this platform to mirror Volkswagen’s equally versatile MQB platform in its ability to platform multiple vehicle segments which should prove beneficial to many of the company’s upcoming models especially the S60 and S80 sedans.
Look for more details regarding the 2015 XC90 to gradually trickle out over next few months before its official debut in Paris. Sales are expected to begin shortly after with the first units slated to arrive in Volvo showrooms here in the U.S. next spring, where they will be sold as 2015 models. In the meantime Volvo has released several images as well as a pair of videos highlighting the interior which can be seen below