There was a lot of doubt regarding the future of Volvo once Ford sold it off China’s Geely, but so far the Swedish brand has fared markedly better than crosstown-rival Saab. The 2015 Volvo XC90 made a particularly big splash with last week’s debut, and within 47 hours all 1,927 fully-loaded “First Edition” XC90s were sold.
At a cost of $65,900, the all-options-on-board XC90 First Edition models are a sizable investment, but considering all the technology packed into this Swedish SUV, it’s worth the price. Buyers can pick from either a 320 horsepower E-Drive gas engine or (for those living outside the US) a diesel-powered engine with 225 horsepower but better fuel economy. For whatever reason, the 400 horsepower Twin Engine plug-in hybrid option isn’t offered, though the XC90 still gets an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Additionally, First Edition buyers get a unique Onyx Black leather interior and 21-inch 8-spoke wheels that quite literally set the XC90 above the competition. Central to the interior is a tablet-like touchscreen that controls many of the SUV’s functions, including climate control and navigation, limiting the number of needed physical buttons.
The XC90 has proven itself to be one of most hotly-anticipated Volvo products, and there’s even more to look forward to. Tuning house Polestar has said it’s going to crank up the performance of Volvo’s hybrid drivetrains, and the XC90 is a great platform to start with.
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