First Look: 2015 Volvo XC90 to set a new standard

Now if I had $85,000 to spend, I’d be hard pressed to choose between this car and the Tesla Model S. They both look like great vehicles.

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STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — All too often, a car that’s billed as being all-new really is not — the majority of it may have been tweaked or reworked, but seldom is it overhauled from bumper to bumper. The Volvo XC90 is the exception that makes the rule. Everything from the styling to the platform and powertrain choices is totally new, as is the company’s infotainment system.

Stylistically, the new XC90 will not be mistaken for anything other than a Volvo, although the front LED daytime running lights (nicknamed Thor’s Hammer because of the shape) add a bejeweled look to the front end. The curvaceous tail lights do the same at the back end.

Any and all similarities to previous model end right here.

For starters, the XC90 rides on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that was developed in-house. A full 40 per cent of the structure is made of ultra-high…

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