Volvo updates the XC90 for 2012, sheds its dual tone skin.

Volvo has finally given the ageing XC90 a slight makeover. The Swedish auto maker has updated the SUV’s looks and has added a list of features to the car. The mechanicals remain untouched; however Volvo claims that this is the most significant update since the vehicle’s debut back in 2002.

To start with, Volvo has deleted the body claddings on the SUV and has instead opted for a single tone paintjob. The headlamp cluster remains unchanged; however LED daytime running lights have been added. The 3.2-litre variant now gets a sliver front bumper bar, chrome treatment on the tail lamp and 18 inch Thalia wheels. The SUV is now also available in two new colour choices, namely the Twilight Bronze and the Flaminco Red.

On the inside, the XC90 now gets a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a new interior shade. The Instrument cluster gets a new white backlight, which blends in with the new aluminium inserts. The high end variants now get Satellite Navigation, a premium sound system and a reverse parking camera. If this doesn’t seem enough, you can even opt for a climate package which comes with heated seats and a different pair of alloy wheels.

Power continues to flow from the 3.2-litre inline six-cylinder engine with 240 BHP and 236 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic puts power to either the front or all four wheels, depending on specification.  Known for its Safety, the XC90 gets an array of standard safety features such as roll stability control, dynamic stability and traction control, side impact protection system and airbags for all three rows of seats.

The updated XC90 could be Volvo India’s first launch for the current year, as it hasn’t showcased any of its products at the on-going Auto Expo. Since Volvo India hasn’t made any official announcement for the launch, we are yet to know when the car will hit the showrooms. However, with Volvo already working on a new XC90 we are sure it wouldn’t be delayed by much.