Pilot Assist II To Come Standard On 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV

2 years ago by Steven Loveday 4

Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV

Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV

Volvo announced a large range of updates for the 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV.

The XC90 powertrain features a turbocharged/supercharged 320 hp four-cylinder 2.0-liter gas engine driving the front wheels and an 87 hp electric motor out back. In addition, there is 25 hp starter motor between the engine and the eight-speed automatic gearbox, smoothing the transition between driving modes. The available driving modes include the default Hybrid, Pure Electric, Power, AWD and Save.

Inside the XC90

Inside the XC90

Combined power is rated at 407 hp, 472 lb-ft. of torque. It achieves 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds and can go 26 miles (NEDC or 14 miles EPA) on electric only. The X90 seats 7 passengers and will start around $68,000.

Of the updates, the most substantial is Pilot Assist II. This semi-autonomous drive feature will now come standard on the XC90. The system will assist and support drivers up to speeds of 130 km/h (81 MPH) on well-marked highways. Sounds similar to Tesla’s Autopilot.

Safety technology has been improved as well, with auto-steering, keeping the driver on the road, and Large Animal Detection.

The Sensus system, Volvo’s in-car driver interface, now has access to Spotify and Park and Pay apps. Other Sensus updates include improved maps, TuneIn, Local Search, Yelp, and Record and Send. Users will be able to navigate more easily, find businesses and information, and record voice notes as reminders.

The Volvo On Call app has also received noteworthy updates. Added to its Apple Watch and Android Wear compatibility, it will now support Windows 10, and expand interaction to PCs and tablets. Voice-control will be an option for some features, along with calendar integration for navigation, and a new “smart button” feature.  The user can program the button to perform specific, chosen functions.

CleanZone technology is standard on the XC90 and ensures that the air entering the cabin is properly filtered (but it does not have a Bioweapon Defense Mode like the Model X).

The XC90 PHEV boasts very healthy competition for vehicles like the BMW X5 xDrive 40e and the Tesla Model X.

Source: Volvo

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4 responses to "Pilot Assist II To Come Standard On 2017 Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV"

  1. AK says:

    It’s my understanding, based on several presentations by the CEO of Mobileye, that Volvo is running the same chipset and camera system that Tesla is using. So this bump in capabilities isn’t really a surprise it’s just Volvo catching up. They obviously differ in software beyond the starting points provided by Mobileye. What I’m curious about is if the Volvo has an automatic update system to tweak the Autopilot software similar to Tesla. I know new Volvo platform supports mobile internet.

  2. GeorgeS says:

    I know this vehicle will get boohed off the stage by the Tesla crowd but if you are an old Motorhead you would appreciate this power train.

    This power train is super trick. and it’s got some get up and go. I love the concept of an electric axle. In this case it is an electric rear axle but u could flip it around.

    And old motor heads would also love the fact that this engine is “twin charger system which means both turbo charged AND super charged.

    It really is Porsche 918 type power train in a family car.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      Yup, nice and safe car.

      Needs more EV range though.

    2. neil says:

      Peugeot I believe first devised this about 5 years ago on a diesel/hybrid concept. It’s a self-evident way to significantly reduce hybrid electro-mechanical complexity’ weight and give AWD capability.
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/car-manufacturers/peugeot/8744508/Peugeot-3008-Hybrid4-review.html