Volvo has confirmed that the U.S. market is primed to receive a redesigned XC90. Automotive News had the chance to sit down with Doug Speck, CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, and suss out the automaker's plans for the future. While pushing for increased sales of the new S60 is part of Volvo's short-term strategy, bringing in a replacement for its aging XC90 is certainly a key component to the marque's long-term success.

There is no talk yet of a timetable or just what's in store for the next generation XC90. Now that the S60 sedan has been given a well-conceived makeover, we have to assume that Volvo's dealers are chomping at the bit for the strong-selling XC60 to get a new-and-improved big brother.


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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yet no more real WAGONS for the US market. Fools!
      Clay Johnson
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's about time!
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its about time, the vehicle has been on the market for almost 10 years and has REALLY fallen behind. It is still a great looking SUV, and it has a nice interior, but everything else seems a bit dated.
      KooperS04
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets get a transmission that doesn't need to be replaced upteen times during the life of the car as well!
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KooperS04
        That was only on the GM sourced 4T65E. Volvo didn't have a transmission capable of dealing with the torque of the T6, so a GM unit was used and problems stemmed from there. The Volvo/Aisin transmissions had no issues.
      goober1424
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can we also get a new S80? Maybe not as dated but definitely looking tired next to the S60.
      joe23521
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the new XC60 is any indication, this will turn out quite well.
      HuskerBadger
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love our 2007 XC90 V8, it's been very solid and reliable, none of the tranny problems mentioned below. I have looked at the new ones and they do seem a little dated in areas of electronics. multimedia and navigation, especially compared to the XC60. However, it still has some of the best seats in the industry.
      ss1591
      • 3 Years Ago
      WE had a XC90 for 8 years and can say that the first 4 were great and the last 4 were miserable! They get good gas mileage 17/25 with the light turbo six and the pick-up was perfectly fine but its breaks were a joke from day one. They needed replacing every 15k and this was average for all of them according to the dealer. The final straw was a broken steering linkage that made us loose all control with no known reason, we simply lost all control when we were going slow or we would have been dead at high speed. The dealer also told us that they were known for having bad transmissions in all of the X90's and he would not own one without an extended warranty so we sold it. Once it got 80k on it the repairs were to much to keep it any longer, but they were nice to drive and the interior held up very well.
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ss1591
        Only the T6 had faulty transmissions, the rest were okay. Those were GM sourced transmissions.... I have no idea why a dealer would tell you that.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      The styling is ancient, as are the powerplants (200hp, out of a 3.2L V6? Really? The 300hp V8 isn't impressive either). Go station wagons (my E63 Estate-driving neighbor knows how its done)!
        Erik Tomlinson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QAZZY
        It's an inline-6, not a V6, and it's 240 horsepower. It also has a really wide range where a lot of torque is available. Anywho, the styling is ancient because this sucker debuted in 2002... it practically IS ancient, I'm really surprised that it's managed to hold on this long.
      PSV
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good. It's getting quite long in the tooth.
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