There are two new Volvos in town. One is a crossover SUV, and the other is a luxury sedan. While both cars sport only minor changes here and there, they, nonetheless, are enticing products in their own rights.
Volvo has launched the updated version of the XC60 crossover-SUV and the S90 sedan in the Indian market. Both models are priced exactly the same at Rs 61.90 lakh (ex-showroom). Both the SUV and the sedan sport subtle styling changes and get a mild-hybrid powertrain.
The changes include a restyled grille, newly designed bumpers on both ends that gets chrome inserts. Volvo has smartly tucked in the tailpipes of both the cars, offering a neat flush look of the rear end of the cars.
Both the 2021 XC60 and the S90 feature a new-generation infotainment system, which is powered by Android and offers Google Services. Users can download selective applications from the Google play store and use them on the infotainment screen. The sound system has been sourced from Bowers & Wilkins. The Volvo XC60 gets a 15 speaker setup, whereas the S90 features a 19-speaker setup.
Volvo has also introduced a new smartphone app, which allows the user to lock and unlock the car via their smartphone. The smartphone application is in the development stages, and Volvo will soon introduce more features in the application. The infotainment and the application will routinely receive over-the-air updates.
Both the new XC60 and the S90 feature a 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor, which is paired with a 48volt mild-hybrid system. The combined power is rated at 246bhp and 350Nm. Both the cars get an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the S90 utilises a front-wheel-drive layout, while the XC60 uses an all-wheel-drive setup.
In terms of safety, both new Volvos get adaptive cruise control, pilot assist, lane-keep assist, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, collision mitigation support (front) collision warning and mitigation support (rear), a 360-degree camera, and parking assistance.
The 2021 Volvo XC60 rivals the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, and the Jaguar F-Pace. The upcoming 2021 Audi Q5 will also lock horns with the new Volvo XC60. The 2021 Volvo S90 will go up against the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series, and Audi A6.