By Cars.com EditorsNovember 24, 2014
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From the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Cars.com editor Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2016 Volvo XC90.
(upbeat music) Not very many cars have one of these much less, a three row luxury SUV, but here it is in the redesigned Volvo XC90 a car we've been waiting about 12 years for that's how long the old one was around.
Let's see if the new one was worth the wait. And Volvo says six or eight hours on a level two charger with one of these will get you about 20, 25 miles of all electric range in the top of T eight version of the XC90 which uses an electric motor to drive the rear wheels and a supercharged and turbocharged four cylinder engine to drive the front wheels. Pretty cool, right? All of that's wrapped in a pretty aggressive, new styling, new phase for Volvo. First of all, the logo's different. It sort of sinks in Volvo's lettering under its familiar circle and arrow logo here, no more blue it's just blacked out now, the grill itself, much more vertical, much more waterfall styled versus the more horizontal grills on other Volvos. And the headlights here they have LEDs that are sort of T-shaped. Volvo says those are supposed to resemble Thor's hammer. I guess the north Scott's must have rode in sort of blinged-out chariots because the XC90 has wheels that are available up to 22 inches in diameter. Combined with the Cadillac escalate those are two of the largest factory wheels you can get on any car. Really a new direction for Volvo on the inside here, no more floating kind of waterfall center stack that's dominated the cars and previous model years. This is a much more horizontal layout here. Very lush materials in this car here at the auto show, you've got things like Orrefors crystal here. Volvo says for the gearshift, you've got a starter, not pure, you actually twist left or right to stop and start the car. Real leather along areas like the upper parts of the doors and the upper parts of the dashboard. And this center screen right here gotta be one of the biggest screens I've seen this side of a Tesla model S. Everything is capacitive, things like your climate controls, things like navigation. You can do pensions swiping to zoom and move around the map. There's a home button here that sort of takes you to a home screen, it's very iPhoney, but it works very, very quickly in this car here at the auto show. Obviously this is on some kind of demo mode, so we'll have to see what it's like in the real world to see if it holds up. Available quad zone, climate control in the new XC90 gives each outboard passenger their own temperature zone. Again with capacitive controls that go right here, but versatility not lost in this vehicle. Each seat in this 40, 20, 40 split goes forward and backward and reclines as well. Pretty cool there, there's obviously a walk-in access to the optional third row is we're going to hop in right now. Let's take a look. Space in the third row, kind of tight if you have the second row all the way back, but if you negotiate a few clicks forward, adults could make it work back here. Wouldn't be evolving without advanced safety features, which include things like a feature that actually stops your car if you try to turn left in front of oncoming traffic, that's coming faster than you thought. All plenty of stuff to entice luxury SUV shoppers once the new XC90 goes on sale in early 2015. (car engine roaring)
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