Volvo XC90 starts launch with in-car system details, touchscreen, connected and voice-controlled

Volvo is staggering its official launch of the all-new version of the XC90 SUV, beginning with the release of pictures and a few tantalising details of its in-car system.

Full specifications and information will be "released at a later date", but the car manufacturer has revealed that a tablet-like touchscreen sits at the heart of the dashboard and that the car is connected. It will be able to play streamed music content when on the move through the installed Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Volvo is yet to reveal what apps might be pre-installed or compatible - Deezer and Spotify are tipped - nor has it said whether there will be a version of the XC90 that will Apple CarPlay-enabled. Pocket-lint played with that system on Volvo's stand at the Geneva Motor Show in March and we were told at the time that its inclusion in the XC90 was a possibility.

The manufacturer has confirmed that the in-car system in the XC90 will have voice-control. "This system is virtually button free and represents an entirely new way for drivers to control their car and access a range of internet-based products and services. It also helps create an interior that is modern, spacious and uncluttered," it said in a statement.

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The car will also be the first from Volvo to use the company's Scalable Product Architecture, which allows for a wider range of design possibilities and increases the interior space while including the latest safety features and the connected technologies.

More on the car will be revealed over the coming weeks and months. It is expected to debut in the flesh at the Paris Motor Show in October.



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