The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

Fresh from its recent global debut, the new Volvo XC90 has been showcased with the R-Design kit. To those who need a refresher course, R-Design is Volvo’s line of aesthetic upgrades – similar in concept to BMW’s M Sport line, Audi’s S Line and Mercedes-Benz’s AMG trimlines.

Changes are only purely cosmetic, with no upgrades to the drivetrain whatsoever. At the front, there is a redesigned, deeper front bumper along with a different grille design. The roof rails, side mirrors and window surrounds are now trimmed in a matte-like silver treatment.

The all-new Volvo XC90 R-Design

The rear sports a mildly restyled rear bumper with integrated, rectangular twin exhaust pipes at each end. Wheel sizes are now 20-inch in diameter with two distinct five-spoke designs available to choose from.

Inside, the car is now fitted with Contour sport seats while a smattering of R-Design badges serves as a constant reminder that this is no ordinary XC90. A perforated leather steering wheel and gearknob complete the interior upgrades.

While the R-Design treatment itself doesn’t have quite a presence amongst local buyers, the XC90 itself has been well-received around the world and is slated to arrive on our shores in the near future.