Cloning production vehicles from concept car designs is widely practiced by today’s auto industry.
Swedish automaker Volvo follows this popular pattern with the 2016 Volvo XC90 sport utility mirrored after the brand’s Concept XC Coupe and Concept Estate show cars.
Available now, the 7-passenger 2016 XC90 T6 is first in line for Volvo’s new design language that will encompass their entire product portfolio by 2018.
Leading the design elements is a larger grille logo flanked by T-shaped, “Thor’s Hammer” LED daytime running lights and lower front valance peeled directly off Volvo’s concept vehicles.
Behind XC90’s new face is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder supercharged turbo gasoline engine that builds 316 horsepower paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy is rated at 20 miles per gallon/city and 25 mpg/highway.
A second Volvo XC90 model named ‘T8’ will debut this fall coupling the 2.0L with a rear axle-mounted electric motor to become the world’s first 7-passenger plug-in electric vehicle.
The T8 is expected to achieve over 50 mpg in town, and when driven in Pure electric mode, can travel up to 17 miles without use of the gasoline engine.
The 2016 Volvo XC90 T8’s 2.0L engine and electric motor generates a total system output of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque.
Inside, XC90’s 2-3-2 seat configuration features supple leather upholstery front to back with tiered seating levels that give all riders an unobstructed view through the cabin.
Headroom is generous in the first and second rows, but tops out at 5-feet 6-inches for third row occupants.
XC90’s quarters carry clean Scandinavian design with sweeping contours accented by natural wood trim while an available Bowers & Wilkins audio system positions all riders for an auditorium-like ‘seventh row-center’ high-fidelity surround sound experience.
Cargo space behind the third row measures 13 cubic feet. Over 85 cu-ft is rendered with the second and third row placed flat.
Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping aid and the world’s first run-off protection and intersection auto brake is standard.
The 2016 Volvo XC90 comes in three trim levels with the base T6 starting at $48,900. Cost for the T8 model will begin at $68,100. Add $995 for freight.