For 2006, Volvo discontinues the T6 version of the XC90, making the 2.5T the new "base" version. The XC90 2.5T receives several changes for 2006, including All-Wheel Drive with Instant Traction as a new option-the same advanced all-wheel-drive system employed in the V8 model. Two new exterior hues include Lunar Gold and Willow Green. A new Convenience Package includes rear park assist, power-retractable mirrors, power child door locks, and a cargo security cover and protection net. The XC90 2.5T continues to be offered in a base front-wheel-drive model. The V8 model gets a standard tire pressure-monitoring system for 2006.
Volvo's XC90 sport utility is available in two trims for 2006: the 2.5T and V8. Powering the 2.5T is a 208-hp, light-pressure turbocharged inline-five-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed automatic with Geartronic manual-shift capability. The 2.5T is available either in front-wheel- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Opting for the V8 model nets a 4.4L V-8 engine producing 311 hp. Power is transferred to all four wheels via a 6-speed Geartronic automatic transmission. Standard safety features include Volvo's Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side air bags and an inflatable curtain, the Whiplash Protection Seating System, seat belts with pyrotechnic pre-tensioners in all seating positions, dual-stage front air bags, Volvo's safety-cage construction, and attachments for rear-facing child safety seats. ABS with traction control, a four-wheel-independent suspension, and responsive rack-and-pinion steering are also standard.
Standard equipment on the XC90 includes fog lamps, a stainless-steel skid plate, power, heated external mirrors, dual-zone electronic climate control with a pollen filter, audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, flat-folding second row and front passenger seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an outside temperature gauge, and a trip computer. Stand-alone options include metallic paint, White Pearlescent paint (V8 models), an integrated center booster seat (2.5T models only), a DVD-based navigation system, premium sound with a 6-disc CD changer (2.5T models only), Bi-Xenon headlamps, a wood steering wheel (2.5T models only), an interior air quality system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and 18-inch chromed alloy wheels.
In addition, several option packages are available. The Premium Package for the 2.5T includes a power glass moonroof, leather seating surfaces, a power passenger seat, a 6-disc, in-dash CD changer, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a leather-wrapped gearshift knob. Opt for the Convenience Package and you get rear park assist, power-retractable side mirrors, a cargo security cover, power child-door locks, and a cargo protection net. V8 models can be equipped with a Touring Package that includes 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/60-18 tires, a premium sound system with a 6-disc CD changer and Dolby ProLogic II, genuine wood inlays, a leather-covered gearshift knob, and a wood steering wheel. Those in the Snow Belt may opt for the Climate Package that adds heated front seats and headlight washers. Families may be interested in the Versatility Package, with its third-row seat with leather seating surfaces, third-row climate control, self-leveling rear suspension, rear seat audio controls, and integrated, sliding center booster seat.
The Volvo XC90 competes in the Midsize Premium CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) segment, where customers expect everything but extreme size and off-road capability. They want room and comfort as well as the confidence that comes from driving with all four wheels providing propulsion.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Lexus RX Series is the sales leader in this segment, with 108,775 units sold in calendar year 2005. Other strong sellers include the Acura MDX (57,948 sales in 2005), BMW X5 (37,598), Volvo XC90 (35,976), and Mercedes-Benz ML-Class (34,959). Also competing in the segment are the Infiniti FX-Series, Cadillac SRX, Volkswagen Touareg, Lincoln Aviator, Volvo XC70, Porsche Cayenne, and Mercedes-Benz R-Class.
|2.5T||5 speed automatic||$36,075||208-hp / 2.5L 5-cyl||17/23|
|V8||6 speed automatic||$46,400||311-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl||15/21|
|Volvo Ocean Race Edition (Retail Orders Only)||6 speed automatic||$49,860||311-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl||15/21|