We have all heard the futuristic dreams that one day cars will drive themselves, wistfully hoping it will become reality in our lifetime. Volvo has long been known for driving innovative ideas to fruition, so it should come as no surprise that they have announced updates to the 2017 Volvo XC90. No, it won’t drive itself while you read a book or take a nap, but it comes pretty close. It also has luxurious features that will make most owners tempted to live in their car. They haven’t yet provided a set release date but it is thought they will start hitting the US dealerships in the latter part of 2016.
2017 Volvo XC90 Semi-Autonomous Features
A common cause of many serious accidents is large animals entering the highway unexpectedly and other situations, such as falling asleep at the wheel, that take the vehicle off the road. To reduce those instances, look for these features on the 2017 Volvo XC90, some of which are only on the XC90 Excellence model:
- Pilot Assist II – While it won’t work on all roads, this feature follows highways that are clearly marked. It will accelerate, brake and steer as long as the vehicle is kept under 80 mph.
- Run-Off Road Mitigation – The vehicle auto steers to keep it on the road.
- Large Animal Detection – This collision avoidance system will react to a large animal crossing the path faster than even the most diligent driver. This is an advancement to their pedestrian and bicycle avoidance system.
2017 Volvo XC90 Luxury Features
Volvo has pulled out all the stops with the goal to make this vehicle have what they call the “Lounge Concept.” It takes advancements to luxury off the charts. With its well-designed headrests, two folding tables, cup holder with cooling and heating, a refrigerator, massage function seats, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, rearview camera, extended leather upholstery, and Orrefors’ hand-crafted crystal glass, buyers won’t be starving for luxury. Even the exterior has garnered attention to make it the most modern structurally designed Volvo ever created.
2017 Volvo XC90 Engine Specifications
Luxury and semi-autonomous features would be moot if the engine wasn’t up to par, but that is certainly not the case with the 2017 Volvo XC90. The base 2.0 liter capacity engine generates 295 lb ft torque and 316 hp thanks to supercharging and turbocharging. There is also a plug-in hybrid model boasting an 80-hp electric motor.
2017 Volvo XC90 Conclusion
With the futuristic semi-autonomous features as well as deep luxury and power, even the most discriminating buyer will be enthralled by the 2017 Volvo XC90. You’ll remember that the 2016 model won the SUV of the Year award by Motor Trend, and it is a sure bet that the 2017 will be winning even more awards.