Tech Spec: 2016 Volvo XC90

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The 2016 Volvo XC90 is a completely new vehicle on a completely new platform. The new XC90 has a modern and contemporary design but still keeps some classic Volvo signature elements. For the 2016 introduction, the XC90 is available in three trims: momentum, inscription and R-design. Momentum is expected to be the most popular trim, while inscription offers exclusive luxury features and R-design is more sporty, dynamic and expressive. All three trims feature distinctive grille treatments with color-enhanced lower body moldings, lower front spoiler cues and lower rear skidplates.

Under the hood you’ll find Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain. All XC90s feature a state-of-the-art 2.0 liter four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine that puts out 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque between 2,200 rpm and 4,500 rpm.

A supercharger adds torque in low and medium speeds until the turbocharger takes over. The supercharger is then designed to help reduce friction and improve efficiency. Turbocharging compresses air entering the combustion chambers to deliver more power. The result is that this smaller engine performs like a larger one.

The second key element of Drive-E is the XC90’s standard eight-speed Geartronic automatic transmission that features two overdrive speeds to help save fuel plus a lock-up function that bypasses the torque converter to reduce energy consumption. It offers the driver the choice to select fully automatic operation or to shift manually via the console-mounted shift lever or by using the R-design’s steering wheel paddles.

All XC90s are fitted with Volvo’s electronically controlled all-wheel drive with Instant Traction. This design employs an efficient, compact and lightweight fifth-generation coupling that distributes the engine’s power between the front and rear wheels. Under normal dry conditions, nearly all of the power is distributed to the front wheels for optimal fuel efficiency. The system continuously monitors the need for power to the rear wheels and can instantly redistribute up to 50 percent of the engine’s power. At a standstill, full all-wheel drive is always engaged to prepare for maximum traction during acceleration.

The XC90’s innovations also include a new chassis engineered to deliver supreme ride comfort and outstanding control. Most suspension components in the front and rear are made of aluminum to reduce weight and optimize performance.

A 2016 XC90 T6 seven passenger, all-wheel drive model carries a starting MSRP of about $49,800. Add the inscription trim, upgraded wheels, a Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound System, climate package (which includes heated windshield washer nozzles, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel and heated windshield), vision package (which includes a 360-degree surround view camera, blind spot information system and cross traffic alert, automatically dimmed inner and exterior mirrors and retractable rear-view mirrors) and the convenience package (which includes park assist pilot/front park assist, lane keeping aid, Homelink remote garage door opener, adaptive cruise control with pilot assist, compass, grocery bag holder, 12-volt power outlet and cargo area), and you’ll be looking at a $66,880 vehicle.

Servicing the XC90

Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km):

• Replace engine oil and filter

• Reset service reminder indicator

• Check engine coolant

• Check power steering fluid level

• Check/adjust washer fluid level

• Check all wiper blades and washers for headlights and windshields for function and signs of wear

• Check external lighting

• Check horn function

• Clean inside of windshield in front of camera

• Check seatbelt function

• Check and adjust brake fluid level

• Check/adjust parking brake

• Check brake pads/discs

• Check wear and condition of wheels and tires

• Check spare tire for wear or damage

Every 20,000 miles (32,000 km):

• Check engine, transmission and timing gear for leaks

• Check and align headlights, fog lights

• Replace cabin air filter (replace at least once a year or more often in heavy traffic or dirty/dusty areas)

• Check tire inflation pressure

Every two years or 40,000 miles (64,000 km):

• Check spare tire pressure

Every three years or 40,000 miles (64,000 km):

• Replace brake fluid (if driven in mountainous areas or humid climates replace once a year)

Every 40,000 miles (64,000 km):

• Check fuel lines and fuel filter for leaks or damage

• Replace engine air filter (may be necessary to change more often when driving in dusty/dirty areas)

• Check steering and front suspension for wear

• Check rear suspension for wear

• Visually inspect final drive/bevel gear

• Check driveshaft joints for wear/play

• Check rubber driveshaft boots

• Check wear on propeller shaft, pilot bearing and universal joints

• Check brake hoses and lines for damage or leaks

Every 50,000 miles (80,000 km):

• Check/adjust automatic transmission fluid level

• Replace automatic transmission fluid on vehicles used for towing

Every 60,000 miles (96,000 km):

• Replace spark plugs

Every 10 years or 150,000 miles (240,000 km):

• Replace accessory drive belt, belt tensioner and idler pulley

• Replace timing belt tensioner and idler pulley

Fluids & Capacities

Air Conditioning Refrigerant: R134a

Brake Fluid: DOT 4

Engine Oil: Full synthetic SAE 5W-30 meeting ACEA A5/B5; capacity is 6.2 quarts (5.9 liters)

Transmission Fluid: AW-1  S

[[At a Glance: 2016 XC90

Engine Oil: Full synthetic 5W-30

Capacity: 6.2 quarts (5.9 liters)

Brake Fluid: DOT4]]

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