The current generation of Volvo’s mid-size crossover has been around since 2014 and it is among the oldest models in the class. However, that doesn’t stop it from making pretty decent sales records in the last few years. Simply, it’s aging very well and, as a result, it still looks pretty fresh in many aspects. That’s why the Swedish manufacturer won’t rush with the redesign. According to the latest reports, the new generation will come with the 2024 model year, which clearly indicates that the 2023 Volvo XC90 will come without more important changes.
Considering all this, you may count on familiar design characteristics from the 2023 Volvo XC90. The next year’s model will continue with familiar pros, such as stylish and spacious cabin, long list of standard and available features and pretty capable powertrain options. On the other end, the main complaint goes to the fact that the ride can be pretty firm in versions with bigger wheels.
As there are no bigger changes to come, we expect that the next year’s model will arrive sometime in the last quarter of 2022.
2023 Volvo XC90 Design
Design-wise, the 2023 Volvo XC90 will continue in the same way. Not many things have changed since the initial launch in 2014. However, keep in mind the 2020 update, which brought a couple of styling changes. Still, most of the exterior design remained the same, with the easily recognizable styling.
Mechanically, this SUV is based on Volvo’s well-known SPA platform. That means it features a front-wheel-drive layout, with the optional all-wheel-drive system that uses a Haldex differential. The ride quality by itself is okay, though things can be a little firm with bigger wheels. Also, we have to say that rivals like BMW X5 and Acura MDX offer higher levels of athleticism.
This has always been the XC90’s strongest point. Even today, eight years after launch, the cabin looks fresh and upscale. The combination of elegant aesthetics and fine materials does a fantastic job, while attention to detail is pretty impressive too.
Furthermore, the front seats are massive and supportive, some of the best in the class. They also offer plenty of space and accommodate taller passengers with ease. The driving position is also pretty good, while the second row offers plenty of room as well. The third row isn’t as roomy as the first two, but it is also quite functional.
Another strong point of this cabin is the cargo area, which is one of the largest in the class. You may count on about 15.8 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seats, 41.8 cubic feet with these seats folded, and 85.7 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
Considering that we are probably talking about the final production year of the generation, it’s quite obvious that there won’t be many changes regarding the standard and available equipment. So, base models should come standard with goodies like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, wireless device charging, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, two USB ports, quad-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and a panoramic moonroof. Considering this very generous list of standard features, it’s logical that there aren’t many options available. Practically, the only things you can get are rear sunshades, ambient lighting and premium 14- and 19-speaker sound systems.
Traditionally, Volvo will offer a long list of standard features. In this case, all models will come standard with things like a rearview camera, parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian and cyclist detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, traffic sign recognition, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams etc.
2023 Volvo XC90 Engines
Under the hood, the 2023 Volvo XC90 will carry on with familiar powertrain options on the offer. So, base T5 models will continue with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. For those who are looking for something peppier, there is the T6 model, which uses the same turbo-four but adds a supercharger, which provides a max output of 316 horsepower. Finally, there is the T8 model with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which puts out a combined output of 400 horsepower and also provides 17 miles of the all-electric range.
All three models come with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which does a pretty good job. Base models come with a front-wheel-drive setup, while AWD versions are available too.
2023 Volvo XC90 Release Date and Price
Since the 2023 Volvo XC90 probably won’t feature bigger changes, we presume it will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. The price shouldn’t change either, so base models will probably go around 52.000 dollars. Some of the key competitors are models like Audi Q7, Acura MDX, BMW X5 etc.