Volvo Cars India conducted a Display & Drive event on 11th March 2018 at Phoenix Kessaku, Rajajinagar, Bangalore. The invite-only event let potential customers experience the Volvo all-road portfolio. The venue was also made special with food and music.
The main highlight of the event was the display of the all-new Volvo V90 Cross Country. Alongside the V90 sat the flagship Volvo XC90. Both Volvos featured the latest iteration of the Scandinavian design, along with Volvo's signature ‘Thor Hammer' LED headlamps and the wide front grille with vertical slats.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel with 235bhp and 480Nm. The all-wheel-drive wagon is based on the S90 sedan and features faux-claddings, skid plates and a high ground clearance.
The Volvo V90 Cross Country is available at your nearest Volvo dealership from a starting price of Rs 60 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).
The attendees were also allowed to have a test drive of the new Volvo XC60. The first phase of the test drive course was set through a basement parking. The SUV felt very nimble on the wheel through the narrow passages of the parking lot. Braking was also good, which is no surprise as Volvo cars have always been about safety.
The second phase extended to the main road. The XC60 was a breeze to drive in the traffic, with its smooth torque delivery and seamless shifting. The SUV also features a 360-degree camera and Heads-Up Display for added convenience. The Volvo XC60 is also powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel with 233bhp and 480Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox. Power is sent to all four wheels.
Prices of the Volvo XC60 starts at Rs 55.90 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).
Coming to the other ‘90' models, both SUVs are equipped with a lot of premium leather and wood inside. In addition to this, all the Volvo models on display had Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
The XC90 on display was the diesel variant in the D5 Inscription trim. The diesel XC90 also shares the same power plant of the XC60 and the V90. There is also a petrol-hybrid version of the XC90 called the T8 Excellence.
The Volvo XC90 D5 Inscription is priced at Rs 86.96 lakh while the T8 Excellence comes at Rs 1.27 crore; all prices being ex-showroom (Delhi).
The XC90 T8 Excellence is available only as a CBU, while the other variants are assembled at the Volvo Trucks plant in Bangalore. It is powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine. The hybrid produces a combined output of 225bhp and 640Nm.
Features such as radar-based cruise control, blind-spot assist, lane departure warning and low-speed automatic braking (City Safety), make every Volvo top in terms of safety. Volvos are generally not about performance (except for the Polestar variants). Get in, put it in Drive and just waft along.
Thoughts On The Volvo Display & Drive Event
The Volvo Display & Drive event created an opportunity to experience what Swedish craftsmanship stood for. Every Volvo creates a sense of occasion once you step into it. The comfy seats with massaging, the wood, the leather and the TFT instrument console, stand apart from the rest of the competition. And, in case you didn't know, Volvo invented seat belts. So, you don't have to think twice about safety in a Volvo!