2016 Volvo XC90, The Amazing SUV
2016 Volvo XC90 would have liked to Steve Jobs. And not only because to control the functions of the car there is a touch display on the dashboard, which reminds an iPad. But mainly because the new Volvo SUV was designed and built according to a guiding principle similar to the guideline of Apple products, “less is more”, which could translate freely with “less is better”. “Out of habit – says Peter Mertens, head of research and development – in the car world has been brought to cram command the inside of the cars because there is this belief that there are more buttons, the car looks more rich and It is assimilated to the premium car segment, the luxury ones. We reason to the contrary: there are fewer controls, the better. Because it means greater simplicity. And more security. On board you have to concentrate on driving, enjoy the music, to be comfortable and feel comfortable and safe. It must not become distracted by continually search a button among many other buttons to activate a function. For this Volvo XC90 in one of our key points in the design phase was to develop intelligent solutions to interact with the vehicle. So simple. “
There is a single row of physical buttons in front of the gear lever, with Sabrina Vetri, the fast forward button dell’hazard and tuning radio. Everything else is left to the large display and touch interface Sensus we have described separately. That’s where you manage all the functions of the car. Including the ability to adjust the screen the passenger seat. “One of our goals – explains Thomas Muller, head of electronics and media – was getting to perform functions with the minimum number of gestures to launch a phone call two clicks.”
This simplicity goes well with the minimalist design of the Volvo XC90, which marks a return to the lines and rounder of the past after the era of wedge shapes and edges. A simplicity which is also found at the project level: the Volvo XC90 has virtually only one engine, both petrol and diesel 4-cylinder 2-litre. The different versions, from the 190 horsepower D4 (diesel) to the 320 horsepower T6 (petrol) are obtained with different mappings of the unit and the turbo.
The adoption of the 4-cylinder engine is also responsible for the excellent road holding of this 2016 Volvo XC90 which despite its size and the size extra large (495 cm to almost 23 tons) has a handling unexpected. The choice of a compact engine thus has enabled the use of a double wishbone front suspension giving up the classic McPherson; This reduces the migration of the old rolling radius; thus cornering the front wheel camber retrieves and cancels the typical understeer on corner entry typical of many front-wheel drive.