The Swedish car maker plans to officially present its new 2007 Volvo XC90 SE Sport crossover SUV during the upcoming 2006 London Motor Show.
The company says that the entry-luxury off-roader (well, it not real mud-plugger, of course, but simply a fancy station wagon with an optional AWD and an increased ground clearance) will feature a more dynamic sport chassis, stiffer anti-roll bars that will make aggressive cornering somewhat easier (but only to certain degree,) firmer shock absorbers, a sport-tuned, speed-dependent steering system that will make easier parking in tight spots, and larger, 19-inch alloy wheels.
The 2007 Volvo XC90 SE Sport will be offered with a choice of three engines: the latest 315 hp V8, new 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder, both working on gasoline, and the latest generation D5 185 hp turbodiesel engine.
The first two engines will be mated to the Geartronic automatic sequential transmission, and the diesel version will come with a manual gearbox as standard but may also be ordered with the aforementioned automatic gearbox.
The SUV will also feature two-tone leather sports seats with additional lateral cushioning designed to hold a driver in place while cornering, a sportier steering wheel and gear lever (those are mostly for looks,) and instrument dials with metal chronograph watch-style faces combined with a shimmering blue luster.
As you can see on the photos, there is also a new exterior styling trim that provides the car-based SUV with more muscular, even aggressive appearance.
However, future buyers must bear in mind that this is still mostly a city car that is not designed for long journeys through mud or heavy snow.
Its Haldex Traction all-wheel drive system tends to overheat and shut down temporarily leaving you stuck in the mud and the impressive curb weight of almost 2000 kilograms makes it especially difficult to break the car free if you don’t have a tractor near at hand.
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