What Changed for 2008:
- Standard auto-dimming rearview mirror
- 17-inch "Antaeus" alloy wheels replace 17-inch "Neptun" wheels (3.2 model)
- 18-inch "Camulus" alloy wheels replace 17-inch "Antaeus" wheels (V8 models)
- New interior and exterior trim changes (V8 models)
- New stand-alone option packages and wheel choices
- Sport Calcite leather seating surfaces with contrasting trim (V8 Sport model)
- New exterior color choices
XC90 was introduced in 2003 as the first SUV in the manufacturer's lineup, designed to compete against the BMW X5
, Infiniti FX
and Volkswagen Touareg.
Unlike the competition, the midsized XC90 offered up to 7-passenger seating. A comprehensive list of standard safety features is available, including an ultra high-strength Boron steel-reinforced passenger compartment. At its introduction, the XC90 was available with a choice of turbocharged 5- or 6-cylinder powerplants. Those were eventually replaced with a normally aspirated 6-cylinder engine and a Yamaha-sourced 8-cylinder engine. The XC90 received a minor facelift in 2007 when the front and rear fascias were restyled and the interior appointments upgraded. For 2008, all versions receive a standard dimming interior mirror, and other minor improvements. A second-generation XC90 is rumored for the 2010 model year.
All 2008 Volvo models are covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile comprehensive Volvo New Car Warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile corrosion warranty. Volvo On-Call Roadside Assistance is standard for the first four years of ownership.Model Lineup
There are three Volvo XC90 models for 2008: XC90 3.2, XC90 V8 AWD and XC90 V8 AWD Sport. The XC90 3.2 is offered with 6-cylinder power and a choice between front-wheel drive and full-time all-wheel drive (FWD and AWD). The XC90 V8 AWD and XC90 V8 AWD Sport both feature 8-cylinder engines and standard AWD.
Standard equipment on all models includes power windows and locks; dual-zone electronic climate control; a flat-folding 40/20/40-split second-row seat; and a high-performance 160-watt, 8-speaker, MP3 capable audio system. Leather upholstery is optional on the base model and standard on all V8 models. While the V8 models feature a longer list of standard features, several option packages can be bundled on the models if they are not already equipped. The Climate package adds headlamp washers and heated seats. The Convenience package adds rear park assist, a compass, and power retractable exterior mirrors. The Premium package upgrades the audio system, upholstery and seating in the base model. The Technology package, only available on the V8 Sport, contains bi-Xenon headlamps, Dynaudio Premium Sound, and Sirius satellite radio with a 6-month subscription.
Stand-alone options on all models include Volvo's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), a dual-screen rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and a DVD-based navigation system with remote control.Powertrain
The 2008 Volvo XC90 is offered with two different engine choices. The base engine is a 3.2-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 235 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. In standard trim, it is mated to a FWD powertrain. Optional on the 6-cylinder engine is an electronically controlled AWD system with Instant Traction. Both driveline choices come with a standard 6-speed "Geartronic" driver-adaptive automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy estimates for 2008 are identical for both drivelines: 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. The V8 models are equipped with a 4.4-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 311 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. It shares the identical 6-speed automatic transmission as found on the 6-cylinder model, but with a slightly different final drive ratio. With the larger powerplant, EPA fuel economy estimates for 2008 are 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway.
The Volvo XC90 is built on a unibody platform with independent front and rear suspension. The front employs a MacPherson strut and coil spring design, while the rear features a multi-link with coil springs. Stabilizer bars are found on both. A Nivomat self-leveling rear suspension is optional on the 3.2 models, and standard on the V8 models. Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking (ABS) is standard across the lineup.Safety
In addition to a high-strength Boron steel-reinforced passenger compartment, all models of the 2008 Volvo XC90 offer a comprehensive array of safety features. Dual-stage front air bags (SRS) and Volvo's standard Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side air bags (SIPS Bags II) help protect front passengers from injury. An Inflatable Curtain (IC) extends the length of the passenger compartment to protect all three rows of occupants. All seat belts are equipped with 3-point inertia-reel belts with automatic pre-tensioners. Stability and traction control and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard. The ISO-FIX attachment for rearward-facing child safety seats is standard on all models with an integrated child booster seat available. The 2003-2008 Volvo XC90 has been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
). The XC90 earned a "Good" rating for the frontal offset test overall evaluation-the highest rating issued by the Institute. The side-impact test results were also scored "Good." And, by virtue of offering standard electronic stability control, the Volvo XC90 is an IIHS "Top Safety Pick" for 2008.Technology
SUVs are designed to carry heavy loads, which can drop the rear of the vehicle, changing handling dynamics, bumper heights and headlight illumination. Optional on the 6-cylinder model and standard on the 8-cylinder XC90 model is the innovative Nivomat rear suspension, which the manufacturer claims will mitigate that hazard. Nivomat is a lightweight and economical solution that is completely self-contained. When a load is placed on the shock, the compression draws oil into a special chamber where it acts on a piston to raise the vehicle back to standard road height. When the load is removed, the oil is allowed back into the reservoir and the original ride height is quickly restored once again. Nivomat is fully automatic in operation, and entirely maintenance-free, Volvo says.
Available Trims for the 2008 Chrysler 300 Sedan
||4 speed automatic
|| 178-hp / 2.7L 6-cyl
||4 speed automatic
|| 250-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl
||4 speed automatic
|| 250-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl