2012 Volvo XC90 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The XC90 is Volvo’s premium midsize SUV that debuted at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale in the fall of 2002. The XC90 V8 was added during the middle of the 2005 model year, the most powerful Volvo ever, powered by a 311-horsepower 4.4-liter Yamaha-built V8 engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission and All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction. For 2007 the XC90 gets new exterior styling featuring a new grille, bumpers and taillights, the 3.2 also adds color-coordinated wheel arch moldings. The 3.2 is now powered by a new 24-valve inline 6-cylinder normally aspirated engine with 235 horsepower and mated to a new standard 6-speed automatic transmission with Geartronic.
The Volvo XC90 offers classic Volvo attributes in a midsize SUV. An IIHS Top Safety Pick several years running it’s safe, comfortable, and practical. For 2012, Volvo has moved to a trim lineup which includes Premier, Premier Plus, and Platinum trims. The V8 engine is no longer available.
The XC90 seats up to seven people. Rear and front passenger seats fold down to provide more cargo room. A second-row child booster seat is standard equipment. The 240-hp 3.2-liter inline-six is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, matched with a Geartronic six-speed automatic transmission, allowing driver selectable shifting. When equipped for towing it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth are standard features. Safety features include electronic stability control, side-impact and side curtain airbags, Roll Stability Control, Blind Spot Information System, and all-disc anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution.
Slim, exclusive lines
The Volvo XC90 boasts a modern and elegant appearance. It is a spacious and flexible crossover model that combines the passenger car’s handling and comfort with excellent get-you-there ability and flexibility. The XC90 is designed to give an elegant, muscular and robust impression.
Exclusive Executive and bold R-Design
The XC90 is also available in an even more exclusive Executive version with a number of features that further elevate its level of cosseting luxury. The R-Design version boosts the XC90′s sporty aura and gives the car a more driver-focused character.
The passenger compartment is very spacious and features a modern uncluttered design. Seven seats are standard on most markets. On some there is also a five seats alternative.
The seating position gives the driver a commanding view over the traffic and the passengers a comfortable seating position. All the passenger seats can be folded to create a fully flat loading floor.
The tailgate is divided into an upper and a lower section. This makes the Volvo XC90 a very flexible and versatile car in every day usage.
Passenger car drive
The XC90 is built as a passenger car, with a unitary body and the same type of chassis as that found in Volvo’s sedan models. The chassis, with spring struts at the front and Multilink axle at the rear, are tuned for a stable, controlled drive and alert steering response.
The Multilink rear axle is an independent rear suspension system featuring a number of links and it is designed to offer a good combination of controlled wheel movements and high ride comfort. A long wheelbase and wide track, together with a very torsionally rigid body, contribute to the predictable, controlled driving manners.
All-Wheel Drive (AWD) for enhanced stability
All-Wheel Drive is an electronically controlled system that distributes engine power between the front and rear wheels quickly and automatically, depending on which wheel pair (front or rear wheels) has the best grip at the moment. The system helps enhance stability and reduces understeer and oversteer, contributing to increased driver control and a comfortable ride.
The system is equipped with PreTension® which improves take-off speed and delivers higher traction on slippery surfaces.
Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC)
Volvo’s Dynamic Stability and Traction Control system continuously registers the car’s roll rate, making it possible to detect slowly building skids at an early stage. Generally, the system helps stabilise the car in evasive manoeuvres, particularly when the car is exposed to high lateral forces.
DRIVELINE AND ENGINES
3.2 AWD naturally aspirated petrol engine
The in-line six-cylinder 3.2-litre naturally aspirated engine has been upgraded and features an improved crankshaft and less internal friction. It now offers 243 hp and maximum torque is 320 Nm. It meets the Euro 5 legislation.
D5 and D3
The Volvo XC90 can be specified with the high-performance D5 engine that produces 200 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque. There is also a front-wheel drive (FWD) 2.4 five-cylinder D3 turbodiesel with 163 hp available. Both engines the Euro 5 legislation.
2012 Volvo XC90 Price :
MSRP range: $38,400 – $44,300
Invoice price range: $36,096 – $41,642
2012 Volvo XC90 Specs :
Engine Gas : I6, 3.2L
EPA Class 4WD : Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name : AWD 4dr
Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity : 7
Passenger Doors : 4
Body Style : Sport Utility
Transmission : 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission w/OD, winter mode