2007 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV

2007 Volvo XC90 crossover sports utility vehicle will be officially unveiled at the upcoming New York International Auto Show.

The international premiere of the slightly redesigned entry-luxury SUV is scheduled for 12 April 2007.

2007 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV
2007 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV

From the point of view of the exterior, the 2007 Volvo XC90 underwent only minor facelift.

There are only slight tweaks to the front bumper/spoiler assembly and some cosmetic changes to the rear bumper and taillights. The interior has also been slightly modernized to give the XC90 even more luxurious look and feel.

2007 Volvo XC90 (front view)

The main changes are hidden under the hood, though.

During the last years Volvo prepared a series of powerful, yet fuel efficient engines that should make those gasoline-gluttonous SUVs more appealing to both European and American customers.

The most interesting powerplant is the new 3.2-liter in-line six engine.

First introduced in the new Volvo S80 sedans with which the XC90 shares its platform, the new engine replaces the 2.5-liter 20-valve turbocharged inline-5 motor that was available with the entry-level XC 90 2.5T model.

Producing 235 hp and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft), the new 3.2-liter naturally aspirated six-cylinder unit is as compact and fuel (in-) efficient as a standard five-cylinder engine.

Compared to the dropped engine, the torque remains the same, but the horsepower rises by almost 25 hp.

The engine features such advanced technologies as VCT and CPS which, in short, let one engine function as two, changing its characteristics according to rev and load.

The powerplant is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Competing against the Lexus GX 470, Land Rover Freelander/LR3 and the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, the refreshed car-based SUV features fuel economy rating of 22 mpg highway and 17 mpg city, which is undoubtedly better than that of the LR3 and the GX 470 and is on par with the ML350.

In its press release, Volvo also says that the new XC90 will also be equipped with Active Bi-Xenon Light tracking headlight system and Park Assist Camera.

2007 Volvo XC90 (rear view)

Photos: Volvo

2007 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV technical specification

Body Type: 5-door SUV, unibody construction
Layout: front engine, 4WD
Engine: 235 hp, 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque, 3.2-liter, inline-6, naturally aspirated
Transmission: Automatic, 6-Speed
Top Speed: 130 mph (210 km/h)
0 – 62 mph: 9.5 seconds
Fuel Economy EPA city / highway cycle mpg (l/100 km): 15 / 20 (15.7 / 11.8)
Exterior Dimensions (L/W/H/WB) inches (mm): 189.3 / 74.7 / 70.2 / 112.6
Ground clearance: 8.9
Track (frt/rr): 64.3 / 63.9 in
Approach Angle (degrees): 28.0
Breakover Angle (degrees): 20.0
Departure Angle (degrees): 25.0
Curb to curb turning circle (feet): 20.0
Curb Weight: 4464 lbs
Coefficient of Drag (Cx): N/A
Seating Capacity: 5 (2/3)
Cargo capacity: rear seat down (cu ft): N/A
Payload (max w/ occupants and cargo): N/A
Towing Capacity (max): 3970 lbs
Direct Competitors: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Range Rover Sport, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, Volkswagen Touareg, BMW X5

See also: 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class