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Volvo XC90 loses two-tone body, adds more options for 2013

Fri, 06 Jan 2012

Volvo refreshed its XC90 SUV for the 2013 model year. The Swedish automaker says it's the most significant update since the vehicle's debut a decade ago.

At the top of the list--for us anyway--is the deletion of the lower body cladding. The new model will be color-coordinated from roof to side skirts. LED daytime running lights were added, while the 3.2-liter model gets a new silver front bumper bar, chrome taillight trim, silk matte exterior mirrors and 18-inch Thalia wheels. New color choices include Twilight Bronze and Flaminco Red.

The R-Design model--no power upgrade--gets 19-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension and steering, a unique grille and embossed logos inside the cabin.

Both models come in Premier Plus or the upgraded Platinum trim. The latter adds navigation, premium sound and a rear parking camera.

The Climate package adds heated front seats and the “Interior Air Quality System.” Individual options consist of blind-spot indicators, 18-inch Situla alloy wheels and various colors of metallic paint.

Power continues to flow from the 3.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine with 240 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, with a six-speed Geartronic transmission that at least in past models is actually fun to play with. If you want a hybrid powertrain, you'll have to look elsewhere.

As with any Volvo, the XC90 gets an array of standard safety features such as roll stability control, dynamic stability and traction control, side impact protection system and airbags for all three rows of seats.

The base 3.2 model will cost $40,375 including $875 destination, while the R-Design model is $43,175.

By Jake Lingeman