2021 Volvo XC90 Redesign – New Features, Self-Driving, T8 Specs

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Volvo has big plans for its flagship model. Recently, the company announced that SUV will be under reconstruction for 2021 season. A redesign will bring a totally different styling language. Modern appearance, more off-road capabilities, and the most important – interior and safety features are going to be revisited. Changes will raise the autonomous drive to Level 4. Well, it is a long shot, but if someone can keep the pace with Tesla in this segment, that is what 2021 Volvo XC90 redesign is bringing.

This is not all about the new 2021 Volvo XC90 redesign. We will also see the new hybrid variant. Some optimistic fans believe the electric model is on the way too. If this happens, then Tesla should actually worry about the development of the new XC90. Still, we can count on powerful T8 configuration. A T5 setup will be available for an entry-level model. The most popular features are coming in Momentum and Inscription trim levels. The Swedish automotive giant is going to keep these two models. With the arrival of hybrid and electric cars, new spots will be opened for more trims.

2021 Volvo XC90 redesign

2021 Volvo XC90 Redesign Details Announced

With the expected debut in 2021, the next generation of the XC90 will be placed on a redesigned version of the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, commonly known as SPA2. As a bonus to a lighter construction, the chassis is created exclusively with electrical drive circuits in mind. This will let the Volvo’s SUV offer more gasoline hybrids and electric units, as General Director Hakan Samuelson confirmed. Electrification is a priority, he said.

Before shutting down the production of the second generation XC90 model, Volvo expects a few more upgrades and enhancements. It could happen as early as next year. The 2020 year model will announce the 2021 Volvo XC90 redesign. Refreshing this series will occur in the middle of its life cycle, but will not bring about dramatic changes, but only simple modifications, which will allow it to remain relevant in a very tough segment.

Take a Nap While Self-Driving XC90 Takes Over

The 2021 Volvo XC90 redesign will also bring changes in the autonomous drive system. Premium SUVs are the great test field for these ideas. Vehicles already cost pretty expensive, so these premium features will only increase the price. But, that will be a toy for buyers that can afford both vehicle and autonomous drive. Samuelson added that the next 2021 Volvo XC90 redesign will get a higher level of a self-driving.

The SUV will at a Level 4 which could be described as fully-autonomous. However, this tier still can’t recognize all situations. Well, in current time, Level 5 is only a myth, so Level 4 is the highest mode any car can reach. That means the vehicle takes care in all situations on the road. The only obstacle between Level 4 and Level 5 is operational design domain of the vehicle. Well, it was announced that this feature is not going to be available on all roads. So, that is why Level 4 can’t show all its skills and why Level 5 is still uncertain to happen.

Electric Power Part of 2021 Volvo XC90 Redesign

Many of Volvo’s vehicles are using hybrid drivetrains. But, in the future, the Swedish company will add them more. Also, first all-electric units will power some of the flagship models. Among them, the 2021 Volvo XC90 redesign will include these modifications. The carmaker announced the arrival of this SUV. Well, Samuelson also mentioned the plan of electrifying half of the lineup by 2025. We will see if this is possible, but Volvo is ready to invest big in this project. The XC90 SUV could be their first production model that will roll out from a new plant built in the US.

2021 Volvo XC90 redesign electric

2021 Volvo XC90 vs Lincoln Aviator

The new SUV will keep its rivals on alert. The most recent addition to the premium segment is Ford’s luxury SUV – Lincoln Aviator. The 2021 Volvo XC90 redesign will help the Swedish model to keep the pace with the new arrivals. On the other hand, electrification and self-driving features are definitely making the XC90 a favorite. But, Ford also announced big plans and investments for the future. As Volvo, they will try to add a hybrid or electric variant to all models in their fleet. That includes big vehicles, such as F-150 truck, Expedition SUV, or premium cars and crossovers. The priority of electrifying Lincoln Aviator could jump in the priority list with news about XC90.

How Much Will 2021 Volvo XC90 Redesign Cost?

The 2021 Volvo XC90 redesign is not cheap. Electric powertrain, autonomous drive, new features… All these changes will increase the cost of the production and overall price of the new SUV. Current model starts at $48,000 and high-end versions end up above $100k. An electric version with Level 4 self-driving system will be even more expensive.


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