2022 Volvo XC90 Electric: Release Date, Specs, Features

For those eagerly anticipating the electric future of Volvo Cars, the 2022 Volvo XC90 electric release date is an event well worth the hype. Already a top player in the luxury SUV world, the XC90 has stood proud as the flagship vehicle within the Volvo SUV range. Whether you're already familiar with the XC90, or if you're just discovering all that one will pamper you with, there's plenty to get excited about. Packed with all the luxury, tech, and thrilling powertrains you could ask for, the 2022 Volvo XC90 is poised to take all these virtues even further. But that's only the beginning, as the biggest update for 2022 is the all-electric XC90 hitting the market.

Maybe you've seen what the electric XC40 Recharge is capable of; combine that with the range-topping attributes of the XC90, and you now have a seriously attractive vehicle on your hands. Just how attractive? With available Nappa leather and heated and ventilated massaging front seats — among many other desirable features on the current XC90 — after the drive is over, you may not even want to get out of your vehicle. With current eco-friendly options like a Volvo XC90 Recharge for sale offering 400 horsepower, the picture starts to get clearer: An all-electric XC90 is about as exciting as an electrified luxury SUV can get.

Electric power is only the beginning — really. Some incredible new tech is on the way for all XC90 variants, along with some new styling changes too. Thanks to this, everything that makes one so great is about to get greater. You're probably getting excited by now, and we are too. You'll be able to discover one in person at our dealership in Houston, but for now, let's look at what will be brought to the table when the 2022 Volvo XC90 electric release date arrives.

A Potential New Generation on the Horizon

The current 2021 XC90 you'll find on sale is a part of the nameplate's second generation. This generational update brought some sleek new style to the Volvo luxury-SUV game. But that's far from all. The XC90 also received a wider stance, plenty of tech, a redesigned interior and chassis, and new powertrains like the T8 found in the Volvo XC90 hybrid. We can't say for certain if such dramatic changes are going to occur, but rumor has it that the 2022 XC90 will introduce a new generation. That being said, she may continue the generation we're currently on, as the first-gen XC90 stood strong for 12 years in total.

But what we do know for certain is that some exciting changes are coming regardless of the generation occupied. First, design changes are poised to take the already eye-catching looks even further. Under that sleek skin lies more changes. Specifically, the XC90 and her sister XC60, among many other Volvo models, have been built on the Volvo Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform introduced in 2014. This platform is receiving an update to take it into its second generation, known as the SPA2. The 2022 XC90, including her electric SUV form, is expected to be built using this updated platform.

For those who value products that are made in America, you'll be pleased to know that the production of this platform and the 2022 XC90 will be taking place in Ridgeville, SC.

The Volvo XC90 Electric Is the Next Step Toward an Eco-Friendly Future

You may or may not know by now, but Volvo Cars have set out a goal of having an entirely all-electric lineup in years to come. Specifically, a figure of 50% all-electric vehicles by 2025 has been put forward. The 2022 Volvo XC90 electric release date will be yet another step toward this. Although, we don't have any confirmation of details like battery range or horsepower yet.

If the Volvo XC90 hybrid and all-electric XC40 Recharge are anything to go off of, though, competitive specs should abound. To see how impressive the battery technology Volvo Cars has been developing is, take a look at our guide on the XC90 hybrid range.

New Tech, New Tricks for the XC90 Lineup

Style and platform changes are great. But what's remarkable about the 2022 XC90 electric are the tech features involved in the update. You may already be familiar with the cutting-edge Volvo Pilot Assist system. For those who aren't, this system provides several assistance features like keeping your vehicle in the middle of a lane, maintaining speed while keeping a safe distance from the car in front, and more. This technology uses a radar guidance system and camera to work.

For the 2022 XC90, this will be propelled directly into the future of tech. Specifically, a new system called Highway Pilot will be included in the 2022 XC90. With it, you'll get Level-4 autonomous driving capabilities. How is this achieved? Pure computer wizardry. Using LiDAR rather than a radar system, a wide array of sensors will feed an AI-powered supercomputer with inputs based on light waves detected. While driver attention will still be required, this is a massive leap forward. The already competitive tech of the current XC90 will still be present and likely receive updates, too, so stay tuned for the 2022 Volvo XC90 electric release date for a full list of new tech and features.

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