There’s been a lot of talk about Volvo’s flagship crossover in the last time. We’ve been hearing a lot of stories about the redesign and all the novelties that are about to come. This refers to things like autonomous driving technology, all-electric version etc. However, the latest reports suggest that the Swedish carmaker won’t rush with the redesign. Most likely, it will happen sometime in the next year, which means the new generation will come as the 2023 model. This obviously means that the 2022 Volvo XC90 will be a typical carryover model, considering that it’s about to represent the final production year of the generation.
So, what we expect to see from the next year’s model is a familiar layout, which is characterized by a wide engine offer, good fuel economy and lots of luxury. WE particularly like the cabin design, which is spacious and well-designed, while the amount of features is quite impressive. Since bigger changes probably won’t happen, we presume that the launch date will be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.
2022 Volvo XC90 Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the next year won’t bring any significant change. So, the overall layout is about to same and you may count on familiar characteristics. This SUV is based on Volvo’s SPA platform and offers a quite comfortable ride. We like its suspension setup and the ride quality, which is pretty smooth. This SUV is all about comfort and you definitely won’t get too much athleticism from it.
The same thing goes for the styling. Things haven’t changed too much since the initial launch in 2015 but we have to say that this model still looks pretty fresh. Its sleek profiles and smooth lines make it look attractive and modern, six years later. Therefore, we expect to see the 2022 Volvo XC90 with a familiar look, though minor updates like new color options are always possible.
The same thing goes for the interior design. This crossover may be older than most of its rivals but that can’t be noticed on the inside. The dashboard still looks fresh, while materials and overall build quality are excellent. Furthermore, we are talking about some of the best seats in the class. The driving position and overall ergonomics are excellent.
Besides great overall quality, this cabin also offers plenty of space. The first two rows are very generous in this aspect, while the third row is a little bit tighter but still more spacious compared to what rivals offer. The cargo area is as impressive. It offers 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third-row seats, 41.8 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 85.7 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. That’s probably the highest rating in the class.
Considering that we are talking about the final production year, we are pretty sure that the list of standard equipment will remain pretty much the same as for the current model. That means that you may count on things like a digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB-C ports, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, tri-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof etc. Additionally, you have two optional premium audio systems, with 14 or 19 speakers.
When it comes to safety, things should also remain the same. Therefore, the list of standard equipment should include goodies like a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive LED headlights, road sign recognition, and driver drowsiness monitoring.
2022 Volvo XC90 Engines
Once again, no bigger changes are expected. So, base models will continue with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. That’s enough for daily commuting but those who prefer a sportier ride would probably opt for the upgraded version of this engine. It adds a supercharged and delivers a total output of 316 horsepower.
The plug-in hybrid version, codenamed T8, will remain the most powerful version in the offer. It puts out around 400 horsepower and delivers pretty impressive driving dynamics. All three models come with 8-speed automatic transmission.
When it comes to fuel economy, the base engine returns around 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the supercharged version is slightly thirstier. The PHEV version returns around 27 mpg combined.