It may yet be a little while longer before Polestar gives the new Volvo XC90 a full working over. But in the meantime, the Swedish automaker's newly integrated performance division has announced some milder upgrades for Gothenburg's flagship SUV. While the upgrades may be fairly modest in scope, they bode well for things to come.

The enhancements being offered are similar to the ones announced earlier this year for Volvo's other Drive-E models. That centers principally around throttle response and the precision and shifting speed of the transmission. The focus here is more on how the vehicle behaves than what it's capable of by any measurable standard like output or performance.

Polestar will be limiting the upgrades initially to the T6 and D5 models. Since we're only getting the T8 plug-in hybrid model on this side of the Atlantic, that means those upgrades aren't available in the United States just yet. But their announcement paves the way for future upgrades, which the Swedish company promises will arrive in due course. And hopefully the next round will be offered Stateside as well.

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Polestar launches Performance Optimisation for the new Volvo XC90

The new generation Polestar Performance Optimisation is now available for the new Volvo XC90, making the car even more dynamic and responsive to drive.

"The new XC90 is by far the most advanced car from Volvo in terms of chassis and drivetrain, making it a thrill for us to work with. The Polestar optimisation takes the dynamics and responsiveness of the XC90 another step forward from an already high base level," said Niels Möller, COO of Polestar, the Volvo Cars Performance Brand.

The key philosophy behind the new generation optimisation is for the entire drivetrain to be included, meaning optimised engine performance, throttle response, gearshift speed, gearshift precision and off-throttle response.

The development of the optimisations is based on the 20-year motorsport experience and expertise of the Polestar engineers and drivers.

"What we strive for when designing and fine-tuning our race cars is to create a completely balanced package. And this is exactly what we have focused on with the new generation Polestar optimisations for the XC90. Drivability is everything in racing; it is about having power available when you need it and to be in control. It is the very same thing when driving a road car actively, making this an essential part of what we have created with the new Polestar optimisation," said Robert Dahlgren, racing and development driver for Polestar Cyan Racing.

The XC90 models available for Polestar optimisation are the T6 and D5*, with further optimisations to come in due course.

All changes of the Polestar optimisations are made with certified emissions, fuel consumption, service intervals and Volvo warranties unchanged. Learn more about the new generation Polestar optimisation here. http://www.polestar.com/intl/products/drive-e-optimised/

Visit the Polestar model overview to see if your Volvo can be Polestar optimised. http://www.polestar.com/intl/products/model-overview/

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