The inside story from Volvo on its new XC90 model
MOST carmakers give a clue to how a new model will look from the outside. Volvo is doing the opposite and showing off the inside first.
The new seven-seat SUV has a far more luxurious cabin and Volvo claims leg-and-knee room are better in the second and third rows. The second-row seats recline, slide and fold flat while the third row (two seats) 'disappear' into the boot floor.
We're not sure if what we're being shown will be standard but there are luxury finishes all over. There is leather on the dashboard surface and door panels, chrome trim on the air vents and the engine start button and drive mode handle have diamond-cut finish.
The large touchscreen sits in the middle of the two-level dashboard facing the driver.
It controls virtually all the car's settings and is designed to "keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as much as possible" according to Volvo.
There is a four-zone climate control to cater for driver, front passenger and second-row passengers.
The new car will be the first Volvo to have self-driving technology, including adaptive cruise control with active steering. The system takes over steering and maintains its place and pace in slow-moving traffic.
They will tell us more about the new chassis and engine line-up in mid-July; safety etc by the end of that month and we'll get to see the car itself toward the end of August.
It goes on sale next year.