The New 2020 Volvo XC90: Everything You Need To Know

the new 2020 volvo xc90 exterior in silver The unveiling of Volvo Cars' newest crossover has gained some attention in Florida. As far as we are concerned, the 2020 Volvo XC90 has been building up to this moment since its second generation debut in 2016. The high-end sports model has seen improvements on an annual basis, which has landed it in the crosshairs of praise for entities such as Car and Driver and The Car Connection. So, what makes this particular crossover so enticing to drivers and car critics? The Volvo XC90 model's journey has taken it far from the typical mid-cycle refresh, which is a lot more than competing models can say.

Does the 2020 Volvo XC90 Have Captain's Seats?

exterior view of the new 2020 volvo xc90 parked by the lake The 2020 Volvo XC90 now offers a 6-passenger edition with second-row captain's chairs, which will replace the 3-seat middle bench of the previous year. Consumers can also expect a wool interior upholstery, but we're not sure if it will be in the United States yet.

This add-on is especially crucial for one anyone who has been following the evolution of the XC90. Those who are well-versed in the anatomy of this Volvo crossover know that its relationship with high-end seating arrangements has been off-and-on. In 2017, the Volvo XC90 T6 trim offered an optional built-in massage function that was customizable up to several ways. A year later, Volvo engineers dropped the 2nd-row option altogether and enhanced the T8 plug-in hybrid instead.

Fast-forward to 2019 and you'll notice that the Sensus infotainment display received some TLC, with a quicker processor. All of these tweaks have led consumers to the evolution of the 2020 XC90. As we dive deeper into the depths of the new XC90 and its interior, some might be wondering about the number of rows it offers. If you're looking for a midrange trim a range of different seating configurations, you're in for a treat.

Does the Volvo XC90 Have 3rd Row Seating?interior view of the three-row seating in the 2020 volvo xc90 

Thanks to smart automotive engineering, we can confirm that the 2020 Volvo XC90 is a three-row crossover SUV with three trim levels, including the Moment, R-Design and Inscription. Drivers can also expect varying engine choices, which makes for an interesting drive.

What's the Towing Capacity of the Volvo XC90?

Consumers can expect an estimated towing capacity between 4,000 to 5,000 LBS for the 2020 XC90 model year. Reports from previous model years show that the towing capacity for Volvo's newest SUV is roughly the same as last year, which is fine. It's still a powerful figure for the build, even for though just looking for an XC90 lease.

What's the Gas Mileage on a Volvo XC90?

According to, the 2020 Volvo XC90 AWD model is has an estimated combined EPA rating of 24 MPG, as well as 21-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway.

Such updates require critics and car buyers to ask, how did Volvo get there? While there weren't any major mechanical updates in the 2020 XC90, that doesn't mean significant changes aren't brewing. The T8 plug-in hybrid model's battery has upgraded from 10.4 to 11.6 kWh. The new SUV is also doing away with the vacuum-actuated brake booster and opting for an electronic solenoid control instead. While these changes may seem subtle, Volvo engineers expect the added battery capacity will provide an additional EPA electric-only driving range. As the call for electric automotive engineering increases, this is a step in the right direction for the brand.

Are the updates to the XC90 SUV marking the birth of a new beginning for Volvo Cars? All signs point to yes. Earlier this year, Volvo Cars issued a press release that introduced the Volvo XC90 SUV as a refreshed, fuel-saving mogul. Changes to the fuel economy ratings should allow the brand to step into uncharted territory. The design of the new XC90 SUV will now be at the forefront of the company's ambitious electrification strategy, which has received recognition from the United Nations. The updates made to the new XC90 are leaps that the company is making toward sustainable progress in the automotive industry. According to a statement released by Volvo Cars in 2017, the automotive mogul expects to launch a range of fully electric models by 2025. By stepping away from the typical mid-cycle refresh for the 2020 year, the XC90 is already paving the way for future lineups.

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