October 18, 2011
Vehicle Profile: The 2012 Volvo XC90
Award-winning safety and value in a premium midsize SUV.

Photo: The 2012 Volvo XC90
As the seasons shift, concerns about keeping yourself and your family secure on the road intensify. Volvo knows better than any other carmaker that safety takes precedence, no matter the season. If you’re choosing a premium midsize SUV, no model in the segment can keep you safer than the new 2012 Volvo XC90.
 
In addition to the unmatched safety technology in the XC90, you can also bank on uncompromising luxury, every day versatility, ample power, agile handling and impressive fuel economy – all qualities that have made the XC90 a top-selling vehicle. For 2012, Volvo deepens the allure of the XC90 with design enhancements, fresh features and new trim levels.
 
There is an attribute that places the XC90 in a company of one within this exclusive segment – value. In fact, the XC90 earned a 2011 Best Overall Value of the Year (BOVY) award in the Premium Luxury Crossover/Wagon Class from Intellichoice. The leader in automotive data analysis, Intellichoice uses its annual BOVY awards to honor vehicles that deliver “the lowest total cost to own and operate over the first five years of ownership.”
 
Volvo offers the XC90 in two models: The luxurious 3.2 (MSRP $38,400), and the performance-oriented R-Design (MSRP $41,200).
 
A perfectly balanced sport-utility, the XC90 comes with a 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder making 240 hp and 236 lb/ft of torque. Smooth power delivery is assured thanks to advanced engine technology such as Continuously Variable Valve Timing and Cam Profile Shifting. An equally smooth six-speed Geartronic automatic transmission channels power to the front wheels as standard.
 
The available All-Wheel Drive system with Instant Traction inspires even greater confidence. Best of all, in either two- or four-wheel drive configurations, the seven-seat XC90 returns up to 23 mpg on the highway.
 
Volvo engineers tuned the fully independent suspension on the XC90 for responsive handling without sacrificing over-the-road comfort. They also used the latest in driver-aid technology to keep you engaged, yet composed behind the wheel – no matter the road conditions. The Dynamic Stability and Traction Control System is standard, as is Roll Stability Control, which uses a variety of sensors to detect a pending rollover, then applies the brakes at one or more wheels and reduces engine torque to compensate.
 
In the XC90, legendary Volvo occupant protection begins with a full slate of active and passive restraints including dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, side-mounted “Inflatable Curtains” to protect the heads of outboard occupants, a Whiplash Protection system integrated in the front seats and head restraints for all passengers. The Side Impact Protection System employs steel struts and varying types and layers of steel in the body – more flexible in outer layers, more rigid closer to the cabin – to maximize crash force absorption. An Integrated Booster Cushion in the center of the second row combines with the ISOFIX/Latch child safety seat system, which provides an indicator light to confirm correct attachment to offer unmatched security for children. These are just a few of the safety features you can expect in the XC90. Backing up its claim to providing ultimate safety, the XC90 has earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating among midsize SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
 
The secret to building award-winning vehicles decade after decade? The unwavering pursuit of innovation. Holding fast to that philosophy, this year, Volvo presents a string of exterior enhancements for the XC90. Daytime running lights mounted in the lower edge of the front bumper lead that list, which also includes color-coordinated lower door molding and redesigned taillights with dual light guides and LED brakelights. Silver roof rails are now standard on both XC90 models while the 3.2 gets new 18-inch Camulus alloy wheels in silver matte finish.
 
The interior of the XC90, with its supple leather surfaces and genuine wood veneers, boasts an understated elegance inspired by traditional Scandinavian design. Interior functionality gets its due as well with all passenger seats folding flat to create 85.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo space.
 
The bounty of highline standard amenities carried over from last year includes electronic climate control, power adjustable front seats, a power glass moonroof with slide/tilt positions, an eight-speaker High Performance audio system with HD Radio, a USB port and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. This year, Bluetooth® with streaming audio also joins the host of standards.
 
The 2012 model year brings with it a new trim level strategy as well. The Premier Plus Package gathers such popular options as Active Dual Xenon Headlights (standard on R-Design), a digital compass and a Classic Walnut Wood Gearshift Knob (3.2 model only). The Platinum Package collects all the items from Premier Plus and adds a Rear Park Assist Camera, a 12-speaker Premium Dolby® Pro Logic II® Surround Sound System and GPS-based Navigation with Real Time Traffic, voice recognition and touchscreen control.
 
Premium standalone options include a Blind-Spot Information System, a Dual-Screen Rear-Seat Entertainment System and a wood steering wheel.
 
The XC90 R-Design assembles such model-specific features as a sport-tuned chassis with firmer shocks and stiffer stabilizer bars, Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering, Cratus 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels and chrome-finish tailpipes. Interior exclusives include special R-Design Aluminum Inlays, a Sport leather steering wheel, leather upholstery and blue-faced instruments.
 
Only one premium midsize SUV offers European luxury, cutting-edge safety, rugged utility and class-leading value: The new 2012 XC90 from Volvo. To experience the SUV for all seasons firsthand, schedule a test drive today.

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