Volvo Cars India will soon introduce new safety, powertrain and connectivity features in their 90 Series models including S90 and XC90 in India. The company has equipped the models with new Drive-E powertrain for improved fuel economy and drivability. The S90's D3 4-cylinder diesel engine now gets all-wheel drive system in the D3 variants and a new manual 6-speed transmission that delivers a rated fuel economy of 23.2 kmpl which is incidentally the same as the automatic transmission version. The Volvo S90 also get a new exterior colour - Maple Brown on the S90.
Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development, Volvo Car Group said, “Volvo Cars is the only car maker with a split screen interface that allows you to use both your smartphone functionality and your in-car features without changing views. This is primarily a safety-related feature, designed to make our interface the easiest to use on the market. In the same way our Over-The Over-the-Air update capability means that you will always have the latest maps updates to hand.”
Volvo has also equipped the XC90 and S90 with additional safety equipment such as Slippery Road Alert and Hazard Light Alert. The former system uses cloud computing and data to share critical data between cars so that other road users get updates of the oncoming road condition. The Hazard Light Alert warning tells other Volvo car owners if the driver of a vehicle has turned on the hazard light due to a mishap.
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The company will also start using Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture across its entire model range soon. Besides this, the carmaker has also added Android Auto in the vehicles' infotainment system along with Over-The-Air updates for navigation. According to Dr Peter Mertens, this will improve driver's awareness about other road users. "Today’s Volvos contain many safety sensors. We believe that sharing safety-related information – whether around conditions or hazards on the road ahead is a thoughtful and useful way to use the information the car is already gathering. With Connected Safety, Volvo Cars is helping to define a completely new type of road safety system.”
These updates have also been made to the Volvo V90, which is currently not available in India. The production of the updated models has commenced in November, 2016 and the said models would be soon available across the company's dealerships.