Volvo has given dealers an early peek of the next-generation XC90 crossover, their brand’s current volume leader.
“It blew us away,” said one dealer who asked not to be identified. “Volvo is stepping up in the feel and the fit-and-finish of the premium-ness of that vehicle.”
The XC90 accounted for a third of Volvo’s U.S. sales last year, or 35,760 vehicles, up 13 percent from a year earlier.
The redesigned vehicle — expected to arrive in the second half of 2022 and being built at Volvo’s plant in Charleston, S.C. — was shown to dealers at a Las Vegas brand meeting last month.
According to dealers who saw the presentation and asked not to be identified, the redesigned XC90 will have an eye-tracking system to monitor driver attention. Volvo is collaborating with U.S.-based chipmaker Nvidia to develop 360-degree surround perception and a driver-monitoring system to safely introduce fully autonomous cars.