The art of craft

The art of craft

The art of craft

Our latest technologies and interior crafted from the finest Swedish materials create a truly intuitive and pleasurable Volvo driving experience. The all-new Volvo XC90 interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details and cutting-edge innovations. Get to know the most luxurious Volvo we’ve ever built from the inside.

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The all-new Volvo XC90 interior combines materials such as soft leather and wood with handcrafted details including diamond-cut controls for start/stop button and volume control. “These details are designed to become the jewels of the interior,” said Robin Page, Volvo’s Interior Design Director. It comes from Sweden, a place where design is there to help people. Where fresh air and beauty are valued. Where there is an appreciation for things done properly. Take a first look inside the all-new Volvo XC90.

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Designed with you in mind

Good design is a way of life in Sweden, not a luxury. We start by working out what people need and what will make their lives easier. We don’t set out to overwhelm them with ostentatious use of technology. With the all-new Volvo XC90, we wanted to redefine the luxury SUV starting from the inside out. We wanted it to be smart and intuitive, but never complicated to use. Because in Sweden, we find elegant solutions to complex problems.

We also come from a land of extreme weather and landscapes and because of this, we’ve always found unique ways to find comfort in hard conditions. It’s why our XC90’s interior is a haven of Swedish sophistication. Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design, explains what it’s like to sit in the XC90: “It’s bright and cosy, like a Swedish living room. A place that makes you feel so comfortable you are reluctant to leave.

In contrast, the XC90’s interior is calm and relaxing. It mixes natural, authentic materials such as our soft leather with beautiful handcrafted details like our flame birch woods and diamond-cut buttons. The touch screen controls many of the XC90’s main functions, from the sound system to the heating to the navigation, and in typically Swedish fashion it is logical and easy to use.

“It’s the only luxury SUV designed in Sweden, where good design is a way of life, not a luxury.”

SVP of Design

Design manager

Climate concept leader

The all-new Volvo XC90’s interior is a sanctuary. A place to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A place to relax. A place to think and a place to connect with the world on your own terms. A place without clutter. Because clutter clouds the mind. Welcome to the XC90: a new kind of luxury.

A new kind of luxury

From the Swedish forest to the dashboard

Swedish design is about honesty – using only the most exceptional natural materials. It’s why we send our people out into Swedish forests to select the wood for our interiors – because you need that human touch if you want to create the very best. We go to these great lengths because we won’t compromise on quality. One of the woods we use is flame birch, only found in remote forests in northern Sweden and Russia. Its name comes from the distinctive patterns in the wood that are a result of the extreme temperatures and harsh winds.

After it has been selected, the wood is cut into thin layers called veneers that are then stained and treated – a process that is very hands-on. It’s not something a machine can do, as Anders Bergstrom, interior design director, explains:

“The wood gets moulded and sanded by hand and then it is dyed. I can imagine a lot of people just think that these cars are so technical. Of course they are. But a lot of things like the materials, the leathers and the woods are handcrafted." The wood trims have been fit to the dashboard in a herringbone design – something Bergstrom calls the book cut. “There’s a split in the wood in the middle of the car. It gives a good sense of craftsmanship."

“When you buy a luxury product, the difference between that and an ordinary product is the amount of craftsmanship that has gone into creating it.”

Leather

Hands-on from start to finish

The seats in the XC90 are exceptional. We use semi-aniline leather that has far less surface treatment than leather used in other premium cars, making the seats feel softer and more natural. This leather also wears better and lasts longer. After a process that involves tanning and curing the hide at the leather supplier, the leather is tested for thickness, strength, abrasion, flexibility and resistance. The leather swathe is then sent to Volvo’s seat manufacturer where it is cut, coloured and stitched by hand to ensure the best possible quality.

The leather seats in the XC90 undergo a thorough hand-crafted process. Volvo uses two types of leather: Bridge of Weir Scottish leather and soft Nappa leather from Elmo in Sweden.

“It’s amazing actually, there are real people sitting and sewing all day,” says Bergstrom with pride and enthusiasm. “The steering wheels as well, with people just stitching by hand. Some of it is done using sewing machines but some details can only be made by hand. That’s true craft.

“At Volvo, we have a distinctive zig-zag stitch that is a little bit more demanding than the one used by other car companies. That’s why we do it by hand. The higher up you go in the luxury segment, the more time you spend on the hand-crafted elements.”

“Some steering wheel stitching details can only be made by hand.”

Craft

“The designers look up to me for my craftsmanship. They respect my skill and knowledge. I’m bringing their designs to life. That’s a really rewarding thing to do. It’s why I’ve worked here since 1988.”
Anders Larsson, craftsman

Colour

The Swedish landscape shaped the XC90’s colour palette. In a country that is dark most of the year, we value our light. That’s why interiors tend to maximise available light.

Leather

“What separates the luxury brands from the ordinary is the quality and amount of craftsmanship. Swedish design treats materials very naturally and honestly – it’s the attention to detail that makes it so special.”
Anders Bergstrom, interior design manager

Seating

Comfort that goes further

The XC90’s seats are amazing. And not just to look at. Our seats provide great support for your body, from your thighs to your shoulders to your bottom. Don’t be surprised if, after a long journey, you arrive feeling as fresh as when you set off. What’s even more incredible about the seats in the XC90 is that despite this comfort, they look like a work of art. We’ve slimmed them down so that they now look like contemporary Swedish furniture. And because the backs of the seat are thinner, there is more space for people in the rear.

“The seat backs have been made slimmer, but with even greater levels of comfort than before.”

It takes a lot of very hard work to achieve our high standards. We have specialists dedicated to seat comfort and before a new seat is put into production, clinics are conducted that involve putting literally hundreds of people of different shapes and sizes in the seats. That way, we can ensure that the vast majority of people can get comfortable in the XC90.

Fredrik Hessel, the man overseeing the XC90’s seats, explains: “Our ‘Comfort’ seats, for example, are covered with fine Nappa leather and offered with adjustable side bolsters, ventilation and massage modes. We also have a ‘Contour (Sport)’ seat with added support on the side of the leg extension cushion.” But the seats wouldn’t be truly ‘Volvo’ without great functionality, too – the second row is comprised of three individual seats that can be reclined and folded, and the third row can be power folded for convenience – all from the comfort of your driver’s seat.

Swedish Air

A breath of fresh Swedish air

Imagine a car where the air inside is cleaner than the air outside. A car that actively removes harmful pollutants and toxins from reaching the people inside. A car that can even close the incoming air ducts if it detects particularly high levels of pollution. That car is the XC90.

Our new climate control system uses sophisticated active carbon filters – the biggest ever fitted to a car – to purify all incoming air as well as the air that’s being recirculated inside the car. A sensor can determine how ‘dirty’ that air is and, if pollution levels are high, can close the ducts to recirculate the air inside. The resulting air is so clean, it’s like breathing in a little taste of Sweden every time you drive.

The man responsible for the climate control system, Carl-Mikael Hjörne, explains: “We’ve introduced four-zone climate so you get individual temperature zones for the four major seating positions in the car. Those in the back seat can control their own temperatures and rate of airflow, too – so as a premium back seat customer, you can choose what kind of experience you have. And there is a separate unit for the third row of passengers too.”

The XC90’s climate system marks a significant step forward – the system has more adaptability, superior air filtration, quieter operation and better provision for those in the third row. In short, this is the best climate control system that Volvo has ever produced.

“In short, this is the best climate control system that Volvo has ever produced.”

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