Witness Volvo's unveiling of the next XC90, a step-by-step dissemination that evokes Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" miniseries trilogy. First up is the interior, which the automaker unveiled today. Volvo will follow up in the coming weeks with tidbits on safety and "interior air quality" (yes, really), with chassis and powertrain information in July and a full exterior reveal in August.
From the images, it appears the new XC90 trades on simple forms and a horizontal dashboard layout. It also ditches the thin waterfall center stack that's characterized Volvos during the past decade. Front and center is a large center touch-screen with a lot of integrated capacitive controls — concerning, given we've never warmed up to such interfaces — but large swaths of the upper dash and center console area employ upscale stitching.