A look inside Volvo’s new XC90 [with video]

It may still be six months away from launch, but Volvo are keen to build interest in the replacement for the popular XC90.

As well as styling concepts, shadowy silhouettes and near-as-damn-it concept cars on motorshow floors, Volvo has now revealed details of the production-ready interior.

More luxurious than anything to have come out of Gothenburg to date, the interior combines traditional Swedish design with the latest technology. They have combined materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details including a gear lever made of crystal glass from Orrefors and diamond-cut controls for the start/stop button and volume control.

“These details are designed to become the jewels of the interior. They add a bit of exclusive playfulness rather than pure functionality,” said Robin Page, Volvo Cars’ interior design director.

The most obvious addition to the cabin is the slab-like touch screen centre console, which will be used to control pretty much everything in the car.

Volvo XC90 Interior 2014 Start Button Detail FrontSeatDriver.co.ukIt’s almost entirely button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of Internet-based products and services. It also helps create an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered, says Volvo.

Behind the driver there’s two rows of seats. Unusually, the centre row comprises of three separate seats that all move and recline individually.

The third row of two seats can just about accommodate adults, with apparently easy access from the rear doors.

Impressively, all seven seats feature three-point safety belts with pre-tensioners, and all the seat rows are covered by the improved Inflatable Curtain airbags in a side impact or rollover situation.

The outgoing XC90, despite its age, proved to be an excellent car when tested. I’m greatly looking forward to trying the new model for you.

Phil Huff

Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, DAD.info and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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