2021 Volvo XC90 Gets Level 4 Autonomous Driving

Swedish automaker announced its plans about the next-gen 2021 Volvo XC90. This SUV is in the works at the Volvo’s new U.S. plant. However, not all of the details are available. The 2021 XC90 will be more premium from the inside. The highlight of the all-new model is its level 4 autonomous driving technology.

A highway assist option will be available as well and it won’t come cheap. We are waiting for the rest of the details. No doubt, new Volvo XC90 will get a redesign and interior will provide better design than the Volvo XC60. Engine specifications are not available at the moment, but we can expect some sort of improvements.

2021 Volvo XC90 exterior

2021 Volvo XC90 Exterior Redesign

The all-new 2021 Volvo XC90 will get a redesign. Interestingly, the 2020 model has been rumored for a significant facelift, however, that didn’t happen. On the other hand, Volvo officially confirmed drastic changes for its 2021 XC90 model. Knowing that this SUV will get numerous exterior upgrades.

On top of that, the Swedish automaker is silent on exterior details. Surely, we can expect new grille and overall, a new front fascia. Even the rear end could get various improvements and refreshments. Hands-free tailgate and 19-inch alloy wheels should be in the offer as standard. New color options and more premium features for the higher trim levels are other possibilities.

2021 Volvo XC90 interior

Interior Changes

The interior of the all-new 2021 Volvo XC90 will introduce vast improvements. The new wool blend looks perfect and upper trim levels could get new leather upholstery. We believe the interior layout will largely remain. Whatsoever, only tech updates and small modifications on the dash are a possibility.

On the other hand, safety will be improved with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane mitigation systems, and new child safety seat system. If you want the best possible safety rating, only the range-topping trim level will provide it.

2021 Volvo XC90 child safety

XC90 to Introduce Level 4 Autonomous Driving

The biggest addition for 2021 will be a level 4 Autonomous Driving System. The next-gen 2021 Volvo XC90 will be smart enough to haul passengers without driver’s influence. Of course, the base trim level won’t introduce this feature. If you want to buy this option, you’ll have to tick an optional feature called “Highway Assist”.

This option won’t come cheap and Volvo said it will cost you “four figures”. This system is the product of Volvo’s partnership with Uber. After the crash in Arizona where the XC90 model was involved, Volvo’s goal is to deliver better safety. For that reason, this SUV will get new radars and cameras. Of course, the ultimate goal is the Level 5 Autonomous Driving System.

2021 Volvo XC90 engine

Gasoline and Hybrid Options

Performance-wise, all-new 2021 Volvo XC90 won’t suffer any changes. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit is still available. It produces 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Upper trim levels will get the same engine with better figures. Second output delivers 320 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Both outputs are offering an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The Swedish automaker will also offer a hybrid powertrain.

XC90 Hybrid will arrive shortly after the regular gasoline model. Volvo will mix its 2.0-liter with an electric motor and the battery pack. The Swedish manufacturer has plans to deliver around 400 horses. Whatsoever, a hybrid version will need four hours for a full charge. All-electric driving range won’t be that much impressive, according to numerous reports.

2021 Volvo XC90 rear

2021 Volvo XC90 Price and Release Date

The price will surely start higher than before. We can expect for the 2021 Volvo XC90 to get a starting price of around $51,000. The range-topping trim level will surely start at $80,000.

As we already wrote, XC90 SUV will get a level 4 autonomous driving. This system will be optional and it will cost, a lot. Volvo’s newest model will hit the dealerships in the second half of 2020.

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