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by Tim Beissmann

The Volvo XC90 is billed as one of the safest cars in the world, and the Swedish manufacturer has now released an impressive crash test video to back up its claims.

The clip shows the second-generation XC90 SUV undergoing three unique tests at the Volvo Cars Safety Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden: a frontal offset crash test at 64km/h, a side impact crash test at 55km/h, and a rollover crash test at 48km/h.

The new Volvo XC90’s safety cage is made from hot-formed boron steel, which is the strongest type of steel currently used in the car body industry and is said to offer maximum occupant protection in all types of crash scenarios.

Volvo says the new model features approximately five times more hot-formed boron steel than its predecessor, and more than any of its luxury SUV rivals.

In addition to its high-strength body, the all-new Volvo XC90 features an expansive list of safety systems.

Two world firsts – run-off road protection and auto brake at intersections – headline the new safety suite, while other systems include pre-crash protection for rear impacts, advanced rollover prevention and protection, auto city braking functions, extended road sign information, blind spot information, and queue assist autonomous driving.

The 2015 Volvo XC90 was unveiled in Sweden yesterday. It will arrive in Australian showrooms in May.

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