Volvo’s performance tuning and motorsports partner Polestar has its eyes on the new, second-generation Volvo XC90. The new XC90 was unveiled last year and is yet to launch in most global markets. The new-generation model is based on the Swedish automaker’s Scalable Product Architecture platform which will be used also in the S90 flagship luxury sedan currently under development, to come out later this year.
The XC90 Polestar, as reported by Auto Express, will get two Polestar optimized engines – the T6 and the D5. Before Polestar takes over, the 2.0-litre T6 turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine produces 320 hp and 400 Nm of torque, while the standard 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine develops 225 hp and 470 Nm of torque. Both engines come paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard.
Like the current Polestar models, the XC90 Polestar will retain luxury and safety equipment offered on the standard model. The high-performance model is likely to arrive in 2016, and will get a sportier body-kit based on the R-Design trim, the report adds.
If Polestar bumps up the power to around 440 hp then the luxury SUV will pose as a rival to the Porsche Cayenne GTS.
[Source: Auto Express]