Introduced as Volvo’s first SUV for the 2003 model year, the XC90 continues to showcase the brand’s approach to luxury SUVs. When the second-generation XC90 made its debut for 2016, it brought engineering and technological
innovations that underpin today’s Volvo models. Available in six- or seven-passenger capacities, with a series of four-cylinder powertrains to choose from, the XC90 was our 2016 SUV of the Year.
This generation of XC90 likely has a few years left before it’s redesigned. That’s fine—some newer competitors feel like they’re still catching up. Yet Volvo may have already shown what to anticipate from a next-gen XC90. The Concept Recharge is a proper crossover, blending SUV and wagon styling cues.
More important than its looks is its hardware, which is designed to be upgradable and replaceable as technology advances. That backs up Volvo’s sustainability mission, as it lets the car keep with the times and avoid obsolescence. Whether or not any of that will make it to production remains to be seen, but it’s a typically out-of-the-box idea from Volvo.