US: Volvo makes the XC90 T5 available image

Volvo is quickly becoming a star once again in North America, especially after its brand new second generation XC90 crossover has been awarded the North American Truck/Utility of the Year title.

The company is aiming to keep the momentum up especially since in recent years it had embarked on a downtrend due to lack of new introductions. So the carmaker has opted to deliver a new base model for the XC90 crossover in the United States. The new XC90 T5 is coming under the XC90 T6 and will retail for at least $44,945, having under the hood a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The unit has been mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and in its front wheel drive configuration it will have a fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon city and 26 mpg highway. The all wheel drive system is an optional extra and owners will need to shell out another $2,000. In AWD mode the crossover will have a fuel efficiency of 22 mpg city / 25 mpg highway.

Coming in at $3,850 below the price level of the more powerful XC90 T6, the T5 version has nice amenities such as 18-inch alloy wheels, panoramic glass sunroof, hands-free tailgate, power front seats, a driver’s digital instrument cluster, GPS navigation. There’s also a very long list of optional goodies but in this state of tune the third row of seats has been axed.