Volvo Cars has released the first images of the R-Design version of the all-new Volvo XC90, aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look.
“R-Design is created for people with a passion for things that add spice to life,” said Alain Visser, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service of Volvo Car Group. “It appeals to customers that love active driving and a personal, expressive design. Every single R-Design detail is designed to contribute to the individualistic and refined expression these customers desire.”
The visual promise of a dynamic ride is confirmed by the driver-centric interior featuring R-Design sports seats in Nubuck textile and perforated leather. A choice of Drive-E powertrains offering up to 295kW and superb chassis ensure an agile driving experience.
The reveal of the all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design follows shortly after Volvo’s release of 1,927 individually numbered black First Edition Volvo XC90’s which were offered for sale exclusively online and sold out in 47 hours.
Distinctive R-Design detailing
The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design exterior includes a number of distinguishing details, such as R-Design grille, front spoiler, silk metal window trim, integrated dual tailpipes, bright roof rails and mirror covers in matte silver. The 20-inch or optional 22-inch R-Design alloy wheels complete the stylish, dynamic look.
Inside, the sports seats and perforated leather steering wheel are accompanied by special R-Design gearshift knob, pedals, floor mats and illuminated tread plates. The driver also gets an exclusive R-Design leather key remote control.
Tablet-like touch screen
The all-new Volvo XC90’s tablet-like touch screen in the centre and 12.3-inch fully graphical driver display is of course included in the R-Design. The driver display also features a unique R-Design theme. The heart of the all-new in-car control is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to operate their car and access a range of Internet and cloud based products and services.
New trim level strategy
R-Design is one of four choices in Volvo Cars’ reinvented trim level strategy, which resembles a tree with two branches. Kinetic is the base, followed by the very competitive Momentum level.
Inscription and R-Design form the two branches on the tree. The Inscription package is designed for customers that want an elegant look and a luxurious experience, while R-Design has a sporty and dynamic aura. The South African line-up will consist of Momentum, Inscription, and R-Design derivatives.
“In principle, we have replaced the previous top level with the Inscription and R-Design versions. Both of them feature an elevated content, carefully chosen to emphasise each of their distinctive individual personalities,” said Alain Visser.
The all-new Volvo XC90 is set to launch locally around July 2015. The R-Design derivative will follow shortly after. Full details, as well as pricing will be confirmed closer to the time.