Though it’s not yet the full Polestar model we were hoping for, the Volvo XC90 crossover is getting some upgrades from the Swedish company’s performance arm. Engine upgrades for the D5 diesel engine and T6 gasoline engine are being offered initially in the U.K., with extra horsepower and torque and some tuning changes.
The Volvo XC90 T6 uses a 2.0-liter Drive-E four-cylinder with turbocharging and supercharging. With the Polestar upgrades, this four-cylinder gets a bump from 316 hp to 329 hp, and torque goes up from 295 lb-ft to 325 lb-ft. Polestar also tuned the car for quicker throttle response, and reworked the automatic transmission for faster shifts. The XC90’s D5 diesel engine, which is not offered in the U.S., also receives power upgrades from Polestar. The package costs £835 (about $1,273) for either engine.
Volvo has not yet said whether or not these Polestar packages will be available to XC90 buyers in the U.S. The company currently offers Polestar upgrades on the S60, V60, and XC60 R-Design models, so it’s possible that the XC90 will add the extra power for its existing R-Design trim in the near future. We also recently reported on the possibility of a full-bore Volvo XC90 Polestar in the vein of the comprehensively upgraded Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar models. If it comes to fruition, this high-performance SUV would likely use hybrid power and feature an upgraded chassis to go along with the extra grunt.
Stay tuned for more news on these future variants of Volvo’s all-new XC90 over the next few months.