Volvo Adding Safety Equipment and Diesel Engine to 90 Series
These updates come in the form of new safety technology, powertrain options, and a new exterior color choice; each infotainment system has also been updated.
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The vehicles in Volvo’s 90 series line were already compatible with Apple CarPlay, but the company has revealed that Android Auto compatibility will also be offered. In addition, the Swedish automaker has added a new Over-The-Air navigation system, which ensures the driver has access to maps with the most recent updates.
“Volvo Cars is the only car maker with a split screen interface that allows you to use both your smartphone functionality and your in-car features without changing views,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group. “This is primarily a safety-related feature, designed to make our interface the easiest to use on the market. In the same way our Over-The-Air update capability means that you will always have the latest maps updates to hand.”
Volvo is also adding two new connected safety systems to the 90 series. The first is Slippery Road Alert and the other is Hazard Light Alert. Both of these new systems use cloud technology in order to share important safety information between vehicles.
The Hazard Light Alert feature can actually alert the driver when other vehicles have turned on their hazard lights. This allows drivers more time to slow their vehicles when navigating through twisty back roads.
The other new safety feature, Slippery Road Alert, will provide the driver with detailed information about road conditions. It does this by anonymously collecting information from cars ahead, which it then uses to warn about icy spots on the road.
Both of these safety features can be added to current 90 series models because these vehicles use Volvo Car’s Scalable Product Architecture. This unique platform was designed so new safety equipment could be added to vehicles as soon as the technology is developed.
The final updates regarding the 90 series include a new exterior color option called Maple Brown, which will be available on the S90 and V90.
Lastly, a new four-cylinder diesel engine will become available with the 90 series. This engine can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
These updated Volvo models will begin production in November, but will only be offered initially in Sweden and Norway.
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