Volvo goes big in Korea with new XC90 SUV

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Volvo goes big in Korea with new XC90 SUV

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Volvo XC90 SUV

Volvo Cars Korea introduced a face-lifted XC90 SUV to the local market Tuesday, taking on Chevy and Kia head-to-head in the large-size SUV market.

The Korean unit of the Swedish automaker announced in a statement Tuesday that the new XC90 comes with an enhanced exterior design and improved safety features. Since first hitting the market in 2002 as an urban SUV, the XC90 has been one of the best selling cars for Volvo.

The large-size SUV is 4.95 meters (16.1 feet) in length, 1.96 meters in width and 1.77 meters in height. The model, which comes in seven-seater and four-seater models, has a wider radiator grille and a chrome-finished bumper and roof rail.

The XC90 is equipped with a number of intelligent safety systems, including the “City Safety” collision-avoidance system and a pilot-assist program that allows the model to maintain distance with other cars on the road at speeds of up to 140 kilometers (87 miles) per hour.

The flagship SUV for Volvo is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission and is available in diesel, gasoline and hybrid models. The diesel model is rated at 235 horsepower and 48.9 kilogram-meters in torque while the gasoline version can achieve up to 320 horsepower and 40.8 kilogram-meters of torque.

The plug-in hybrid option, which is equipped both with a gasoline engine and an electric motor, can achieve 405 horsepower, with 40.8 kilogram-meters of torque from the engine and 24.5 kilogram-meters of torque from the motor.

The new XC90, with a five-year or 100,000 kilometer warranty, is priced between 80.3 million won ($66,953) and 137.8 million won depending on trims and options. The two hybrid models are the most expensive out of the five options.

The release of the large-size SUV from Volvo comes just a month after GM Korea unveiled the Chevrolet Traverse SUV and Kia Motors introduced the new generation Mohave SUV.

BY KO JUN-TAE [ko.juntae@joongang.co.kr]

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