It's hard to believe that the Volvo XC90 has been on the market since 2003. That's 10 model years ago, predating our own existence as a website. Even the XC90 mid-cycle refresh that happened in 2007 seems like an eternity ago. So it stands to reason that for 2013 Volvo would introduce... yet another year of the same old thing.

Well, not exactly. The 2013 XC90 has been "delightfully refreshed," though we're pretty sure that the color-coordinated exterior and LED daytime running lights were actually introduced last year. But hey, don't fix it if it ain't broke.

Volvo has also rejiggered the trim packages on the XC90, which now starts at $39,500 plus $895 delivery. And that Yamaha-built V8 that disappeared this year? Still gone.

While you wait with us for the next-generation XC90, go ahead and scroll down to read the full press release and check out the images in our gallery. Then do it again. And again...
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Model Overview: 2013 Volvo XC90

For the 2013 model year, the delightfully refreshed Volvo XC90 receives a bold new look along with an enhanced roster of standard features inside and out. The result is the most significantly updated XC90 since its launch a decade ago as one of the first luxury crossover SUVs.

A fully color-coordinated exterior makes the XC90 look sleeker and lower to the ground. Design elements include new body color front and rear bumpers, sill moldings and wheel arches. Enhancing the visual magnetism are new standard LED daytime running lights and taillights. The XC90 3.2 also receives a new silver front bumper bar, chrome taillight trim, silk matte exterior rearview mirrors, air intake décor trim and 18-inch "Thalia" alloy wheels. Twilight Bronze metallic and Flaminco Red metallic are new color choices.

The XC90 3.2's cabin gains exquisite luxury accents including sanded silver aluminum inlays, white instrumentation lighting and a leather strap on the tailgate. Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels receive standard Sovereign hide soft leather seating surfaces, red wood inlays and gearshift knob and Executive floor mats. A red wood steering wheel is a new option for both trim levels. All XC90s gain standard rain sensor windshield wipers and headlight washers.

Meanwhile, the XC90 R-Design also benefits from a fully color-coordinated exterior plus LED daytime running lights and taillights. New 19-inch "Ixion" alloy wheels amplify its sporting appeal. The R-Design continues to feature sport-tuned suspension and steering for an enhanced driving character, plus a unique R-Design grille, leather seating surfaces with embossed R-Design logo on the front seats, an R-Design steering wheel, watch dial instruments and floor mats.

Volvo's flagship XC90 premium SUV provides standard seating for seven passengers, satisfying performance from its six-cylinder engine, front or optional all-wheel drive and versatile cargo space. As a Volvo, the XC90 upholds a legacy of safety with features including a standard integrated center child booster cushion for the second-row seat.

Volvo's trim level strategy gives customers the flexibility to add additional features. Buyers can select the base XC90 3.2 and R-Design, or move up to the Premier Plus and Platinum trim levels for each.

For example, the Platinum trim level includes the Volvo Premium Sound System with Dolby® Pro Logic® II Surround Sound, 12 premium speakers and 650 watts, a Navigation System with real time traffic, remote control and Map Care plus a rear park assist camera.

Customers can add the Climate Packages to any XC90, as well as select individual items from a list of stand-alone options. The Climate Package includes heated front seats and an Interior Air Quality System (IAQS).

Individual options for the XC90 feature a dual screen rear seat entertainment system, Volvo's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), new 18-inch "Situla" alloy wheels for the 3.2 (without Premier Plus or Platinum) and various hues of metallic paint.

All XC90s feature an audio streaming connection for the standard Bluetooth. Drivers can listen to music from their compatible cell phones via the XC90's audio system. They can create playlists using Pandora or Grooveshark, synchronize with the phone and then play them wirelessly using Bluetooth.

The XC90's advanced 3.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine is a naturally aspirated powerplant that delivers 240 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft. of torque. It achieves performance and economy thanks to Variable Cam Timing (VCT) and Cam Profile Switching (CPS). With CPS, the intake valves can be lifted to different heights depending on engine revs and load - a lower lift for economical driving and a higher one for more power.

Full synthetic motor oil is now standard on the XC90, as it will be on all 2013 Volvo models. Thus, the recommended service interval increases to 10,000 miles from the previous 7,500 miles. Customers should refer to the Owner's Manual and maintenance schedule for more complete information.

A six-speed "Geartronic" automatic transmission is standard. All-wheel drive with Instant Traction is optional on all XC90s. This traction enhancing system employs computer-controlled Haldex AWD that instantaneously delivers up to 50 percent more torque to the rear axle only when needed, such as during takeoff.

Adhering to Volvo's core value of safety, all XC90s are equipped with an extensive array of safety features. Roll Stability Control (RSC), Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC), Side Impact Protection System (SIPS) with side airbags and Inflatable Curtains for all three rows are standard.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price
XC90 3.2: $39,500
XC90 3.2 Premier Plus: $42,000
XC90 3.2 Platinum: $44,700
XC90 3.2 R-Design: $42,300
XC90 3.2 R-Design Premier Plus: $42,700
XC90 3.2 R-Design Platinum: $45,400
Destination: $895

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      • 3 Years Ago
      While this car is still competitive after all these years, it's not right that Volvo has ignored it for so many years. Had Volvo given this car the timely updates it deserves it wouldn't be so out of place now. Bring the new model here with a diesel option and they can try to capture some of the luxury SUV market share they've probably lost
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well Ford took that platform and evolved it into MKS, Taurus, Flex, Explorer, MKT. Now with Ford having sold Volvo to Geely, I don't Ford has allowed them continuation of platform usage. In other words, I doubt there is "another generation" of that platform. I believe Ford kept the rights over that platform usage. Hence why there's no S40 anymore (Focus). So Geely better be working on a platform of it's own for the next generation.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the current design, it's classy Volvo styling. It's looks more like an SUV than a lot of its competitors. Let's just hope the next one can keep some of the ruggedness.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 3 Years Ago
        Volvo doesn't really need an EcoBoost V6. Volvo has been doing turbo motors a heckuva lot longer than Ford and have a very nice turbo inline 6 right now that should be close to a bolt in as it sits.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a shame they don't have the V8 available, though. It would be nice if Ford still owned them so they could put an Ecoboost V6 in there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Volvo, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki are sinking ships.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, that's one ugly mug.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The XC90 must be VERY profitable for Volvo by now.
        • 3 Years Ago
        True, the R&D and development must have been covered years ago.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ...And for all that R&D that's paid for, it would be SO smart to reinvest a little and send a diesel here. I love that this car hasn't fallen victim to stupid trends- yet 'the market' needs a gimmick and diesel is about the only thing Volvo coud do to wake up interest on this classic.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is one of the most dated cars on the road. Should have been refreshed with some Xc60 style a couple years ago... The interior even looks OLD!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks ever so slightly better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear Volvo (or anyone who knows) what ARE you thinking? I don't get it. Are these selling that well that they don't need a new one? It wouldn't take much - just cues off the XC60. It just seems lazy to me. Totally agree wtih Devin - aged well yes, but now what? 4 door sedans are bread-and-butter, yet you cut those out. So you have the two 60 models that look good. Now what?
        • 3 Years Ago
        and I'd like to mention that I LIKE(d) Volvo. C30 especially.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sell Volvos and I do not know what their plan is for the next couple of years besides that they will be going to Ecoboost like DI Turbo four cylinders across the line. As for the XC90 The 2013 XC90 has actually been out since the end of Jan. and has been selling well. Would it sell a bit better with a redesign? Sure but Volvo is production constrained for the XC90. They cannot make anymore then they are making and they are selling the ones they are making at a good clip. Remember the XC90 is the old platform so they don't have the flex production capability from the other models. Of course if it had been redesigned they could have. Volvo had a choice get the new S60 from the Ford divorce or get the new XC90. They chose the S60 and that was the right choice. If they had chosen the XC90 they would have been without a midsized sedan for another three years on top of the year and a half they had already been without one.
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        And the Chevy Suburban came out in 1934, I don't think that's the point.
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Volvo had made a mini-van in 1985 they'd own Ford.
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