Released in 2002, the Volvo XC90 is a seven-seat passenger SUV that was remarked for its equal regard for child-friendliness and luxury especially because of its built-in child booster seat. When it was introduced, it carried a six-speed automatic transmission that supported the maximum 240 horsepower, suggesting that it also had something to show when it comes to performance. Over the past years of its existence, it has undergone various improvements that uphold and further reinforced the family vehicle image it was known for.
2002: A sense of home
When the Volvo XC90 hit the road in 2002, it was characterized by its airy and roomy interior, giving the impression of a cozy room inside a house. Sunlight and outside lights freely entered the passenger compartment through the large glass panels. This was complemented by a clean interior layout that gave a feeling of space and elegance. Unlike those in most passenger vehicles, the controls and instruments in the first Volvo XC90 were angled upwards to the driver's eyes, giving a complete sense of control when handling, a feature that was very much appreciated by its owners.
2004: A clean run
The year 2004 saw a major change on how the Volvo XC90 ran as its engine was upgraded with a Petrol V8 engine that allowed it to be included as one of America's Ultra Low Emission Vehicles. This feature was supported by major exhaust system changes such as four catalytic converters. Two of these catalytic converters are close-coupled which promoted faster start for the converters, resulting in better engine operations. Also new was an optimized ignition system that made the engine warm faster at a cold start.
2005: A stable move
Volvo worked hand-in-hand with Ford to develop Roll Over Protection System (ROPS) which was finally released the year 2005. This new technology's purpose is to keep the Volvo XC90 from rolling down on critical situations and downhill surfaces. It works with a gyro-sensor that registers the car's roll speed and angle. Once it is calculated that there is a great risk for rolling over, the ROPS will trigger the Dynamic Stability and Traction Control. This in turn reduces the engine power and brakes one or more wheels to regain the Volvo XC90's stability. The ROPS is the only active stability-enhancement system that can measure a car's roll angle.
2006: A power change
In 2006, the Volvo XC90 underwent powertrain and chassis changes which improved control in wheel movement and high ride comfort. 2006 models carried a six-cylinder engine that was extremely compact and installed diagonally to allow more cabin space. In its chassis, front spring struts and rear Multilink axle were installed, further improving steering response and handling.
2011: A drive for security
2011 welcomed the Deadlock System which is consisted of various features that aim at protecting the car from burglary, assault, and theft. The system included an electronic immobilizer that does not allow access to the Volvo XC90 without the correct key. Also included is a function wherein the doors do not open from the inside when entrance through the window is detected.