Volvo XC90

After earning a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, the 2015 Volvo XC90 has added yet another feather in its cap after the SUV was awarded a Top Safety Pick+ status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – the highest possible rating to be given out by the US-based organisation.

The Volvo XC90 chalked up a ‘Good’ rating in five separate crash categories that includes the front small overlap, front moderate overlap, side impact, roof strength and head restraint and seats tests. As a result, the vehicle scored a maximum six points to earn a ‘Superior’ score in terms of front-crash prevention capabilities.

Key to success in the aforementioned category was courtesy of the car’s updated Volvo City Safety system. Said safety net allowed the Volvo XC90 to autonomously brake from speeds between 19 and 40 km/h. “The independent testing result from IIHS once again highlights the exceptional nature of the work we do at Volvo Cars in taking car safety to a new level,” commented Volvo Safety Centre director, Cecilia Larsson.

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The small overlap test is, arguably, one of the most punishing forms of obstacles a car has to go through under the supervision of the IIHS. In said test, the Volvo XC90 was driven into an obstacle at a speed of 64 km/h. The car, as mentioned, passed with flying colours. A report by the IIHS stated that “measures taken from the dummy showed a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.”

Closer to home, it was revealed in April that order books for the Volvo XC90 have been opened since then. While said report claimed that a local launch was due for the third quarter of 2015, Volvo Malaysia has since remained relatively silent on the notion of the car’s arrival. It was also reported earlier on that the Volvo XC90 will go on sale in Malaysia in a sole T8 “Twin Engine” plug-in hybrid trim.

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