The 2012 Volvo XC90 is long overdue for some updates, but Volvo has announced the best-selling SUV has freshened up inside and out for the new model year. The one unfortunate casualty is Volvo’s unique 60-degree V-8, leaving the 3.2-liter 240-hp inline six as the sole powertrain option for 2012. It’s unknown at this point whether or not the turbocharged 3.0-liter engine from the S60 and S80 may eventually be offered as an upgrade.
Now appearing on the XC90’s exterior are daytime running lights on the lower bumper, along with new lower door moldings, and a redesigned silver metallic bumper bar. Revisions to the rear include new taillights and LED brake lights, with new silver matte 18-inch wheels completing the look. The tailgate now has a new leather grab handle, and the load cover has also been redesigned. Silver roof rails now come standard on all variants.
Further enhancements the interior include a new steering wheel design, aluminum accents, and a watch dial-inspired design with white lighting on the center stack. Volvo’s On Call system can now be combined with Bluetooth, which comes standard on all trim levels.
The sportier XC90 R-Design also gets refreshed with redesigned upholstery, door panels, inlays, and new 19-inch wheels.