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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Volvo XC90 SUV range has been updated for Australia with new standard features, reduced prices and a streamlined line-up that does away with the V8 engine.

The 2012 Volvo XC90 range has been halved from eight variants to four, and now includes the 3.2 R-Design, 3.2 Executive, D5 R-Design and D5 Executive. Prices of all four models have decreased by $4460 from the previous models.

Engine specifications are unchanged, meaning the 3.2-litre petrol models continue to produce 179kW and 320Nm, and the 2.4-litre D5 diesel models generate 147kW and 420Nm. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 11.5 litres/100km for the petrol and 8.8 litres/100km for the diesel.

The 4.4-litre V8, which produced 232kW of power and 440Nm of torque, has been dropped from the range.

New standard equipment across the range includes satellite navigation (previously a $4175 option) and a rear view camera (previously $795).

Other standard features include power front seats, 12-speaker premium sound system with USB and Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity, active bending lights and 19-inch alloy wheels, and plenty more.

R-Design models get the traditional sporty silver exterior enhancements as well as R-Design leather seats, trim inserts, steering wheel and gear knob.

For an additional $1500, Executive models add heated seats with massage and ventilation and unique 19-inch alloy wheels. The interior trim is finished with walnut inlays, wood steering wheel and gear knob, Sovereign hide upholstery and plush carpets.

2012 Volvo XC90 manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer costs):

  • 3.2 R-Design – $69,990 (-$4460)
  • 3.2 Executive – $71,490 (-$4460)
  • D5 R-Design – $72,990 (-$4460)
  • D5 Executive – $74,490 (-$4460)



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