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It’s hard to believe that the 2018 Volvo XC90 was updated to its new generation only three years ago. Mostly because in that time, it hasn’t just become very popular with American drivers, but because it’s become the most awarded premium utility of the 21st century. But that doesn’t get people behind the wheel. Substance does. And the particular kind that the 2018 XC90 has on tap has been expanded for the new model year.

Virtually every change to the XC90 for 2018 involves making once-optional features into standard fair. Among these are useful safety aids like blind-spot monitoring and auto-dimming mirrors, as well as complementary Android Auto and Apple Car Play integration. But we’ve saved the best for last. While Pilot Assist II has been available on the XC90 for a while, it’s standard across the line for 2018.

Pilot Assist II is part of the brand’s goal to bring traffic fatalities from new Volvo vehicles to zero by 2020. A “semi-autonomous” system, it doesn’t function like an autopilot on an aircraft. Instead, it works with adaptive cruise control to “assist” in keeping the XC90 in its lane, while maintaining a set speed and distance from the car ahead. But while the previous iteration of this system required a vehicle ahead to work, Pilot Assist II doesn’t require one, and can work up to speeds of 80 mph.

Yet exciting technology isn’t all you get in the 2018 XC90. When it debuted in 2015, it made headlines for drawing inspiration from Scandinavian design traditions, which favor clean, simple contours and dynamic shapes, as well as the Swedish wilderness. This look and feel gives the XC90 a high-luxury feel, with Nappa leather seats, wood or aluminum inlays, and unique stylings depending on model. It can also still be had in Momentum, R-Design, Inscription, and Excellence, along with 250-hp T5, 316-hp T6, and 400-hp T8 Plug-in Hybrid versions.

Beyond that, there are further ways to make the XC90 more advanced, or more “you.” On the options sheet is a fantastic Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system, as well as a space-age head-up display. If you want a more comfortable ride, and flexible ground clearance, the XC90’s Four-Corner Air Suspension setup (requires the Convenience package) is a must. Not only does it maximize comfort, it enables selectable driving modes, and independently adjusts as you drive. You can also lower the entire vehicle by some inches to make loading easier.

While the new XC90 makes a strong case for itself, there are plenty of reasons to acquire it at our Volvo dealership in Tempe, AZ. Not only do we stock a wide selection of premium vehicles, we value a straight-forward and transparent approach to selling cars. To learn more about the XC90, or our services, contact our dealership by phone or live chat as it’s convenient.

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