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Details of the new and updated Volvo Cars models launching in Australia in 2016.

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XC90 R-Design — Q1

The R-Design version of the very well-received all-new Volvo XC90 should finally get here at the end of Q1, 2016 — following the new version’s local launch in Inscription and Momentum spec levels in August, 2015.

The R-Design will be available across all three XC90 engine options — the 165kW/470Nm D5, the 235kW/400Nm T6 and the 300kW/640Nm T8 petrol-electric hybrid.

Local pricing is expected to be $97,950, $101,950 and $121,950 plus on-road costs respectively ($1000 higher than an inscription D5 or T6 variant).

The R-Design’s styling changes including a revised grille, new-look front spoiler, “silk metal” window trim surround, dual tail-pipes, silver look roof rails and side-mirror caps in matte silver. Wheels will be 20-inch wheels as standard,

The interior is said to feature sports seats and a steering wheel trimmed in Nubuck perforated leather, while “special R-Design details” including a unique shift knob, floor mats and illuminated tread plates are also offered. The key to the car is also different to the standard models, finished in “exclusive R-Design leather”.

A tablet-style touchscreen media unit and 12.3-inch digital driver display are offered as standard on the R-Design, too.

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XC90 T8 — Q2/Q3

The Volvo XC90 range will grow to include the T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid variant around July, exclusively in R-Design guise and priced at $122,95 plus on-road costs.

The T8 ‘Twin Engine’ powertrain combines the car’s twin-charged T6 petrol engine with a 60kW electric motor for peak outputs of around 300kW and 640Nm.

Volvo claims average CO2 emissions of 49 grams per kilometre. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle should fall around 2.5L/100km. At the push of a button the driver can switch to silent and zero emission driving on pure electric power, where the range will be around 40km under careful driving.

A series of battery cells runs along the car’s Scalable Product Architecture — Volvo’s platform that premieres under the XC90 and will be modulated to fit other future models over the coming years.

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V40/V40 Cross Country update — Q4

The Volvo V40 small hatch and its Cross Country crossover spinoff (current model pictured) will get an update around August, to tide it over until a brand new one based on the company’s CMA modular Scalable Architecture premieres as early as 2017.

This update to Volvo’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and GLA models is likely to see the addition of some equipment. It will come less than a year after the company added a pair of new entry-level engines and enhanced specification across the range.

Thanks to strong campaign pricing over the past few month, sale of the V40 have spiked. They’re up almost 25 per cent this year to 1083, making it Volvo’s second top-seller after the XC60 (1624).

Its volume is about half the BMW 1 Series, one-third of the A-Class and around one-fifth that of the Audi A3 segment leader. Meantime the V40 Cross Country has managed a smaller 362 units YTD.

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S90 — Q4

The final piece in the Volvo puzzle for 2016 will be the gorgeous S90 sedan, set for launch here around the fourth quarter (though Volvo Cars Australia has previously said it could come here as early as August).

The S90 follows in the wheel tracks of the XC90, which marked the beginning of Volvo’s rebirth as a top-shelf on the back of a $15 billion dollar investment from its new parent company, China’s Geely.

The same minimalist Scandinavian styling dominates inside and out, while underneath lies the Swedish carmaker’s new Scaleable Platform Architecture. Buyers will find the same powertrains and eight-speed automatic transmission that motivate the XC90, led by the T8 PHEV.

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The S90 will also feature Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology, designed to keep the vehicle inside its lane at speeds up to 130km/h. A new day/night extension of Volvo’s City Safety collision avoidance system is also featured. In Australia, as a recent announcement revealed, this will include kangaroos.

The interior will be a familiar space for buyers that have already experienced the XC90, with the exterior’s minimalist themes continuing into the cabin.

It is expected that Volvo will position the new sedan as a rival to the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.




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