Volvo has unveiled a £450,000 armoured version of its flagship XC90 SUV for “people who require a heightened degree of safety”.
The XC90 Armoured is visually an identical to the usual Inscription T6 trim on which it’s based mostly, however the addition of 10mm thick metal armour all spherical provides an additional 1400kg to the XC90, taking its kerbweight as much as four.5 tonnes.
The strengthened physique panels, along side 50mm thick home windows, offers the XC90 Armoured a VR8 safety ranking, just like the not too long ago revealed Vary Rover Sentinel, that means it has 360deg ballistic safety and a excessive diploma of explosive resistance.
Extra tools fitted as normal consists of run-flat tyres, an emergency exit, a self-sealing gasoline tank, decreasing driver’s window and tinted home windows.
The automobile took two years to develop, with Volvo claiming to have preserved the usual XC90’s elementary properties. Nevertheless, the usual powertrain, brakes and suspension system have been upgraded to deal with the numerous pressure of the additional weight.
Meeting of the XC90 Armoured is accomplished by German agency Trasco, utilizing normal fashions produced at Volvo’s Torslanda facility.
Stephan Inexperienced, advertising director at Volvo’s Particular Automobiles division, stated potential clients embody “safety providers who would use the automotive to move high-profile people”, however wouldn’t elaborate on additional modifications to the automobile, stating: “Manufacturing is assessed, with stringent procedures and oversight in place with a view to attain the stipulated ballistic necessities.”
The XC90 Armoured is obtainable to order now, with additional customisation out there on request. First deliveries shall be made on the finish of 2019.
A smaller and fewer closely modified armoured Volvo, based mostly on the mid-sized XC60 crossover, is geared toward clients corresponding to diplomats, the police and safety providers in European and Latin American markets.
Volvo says the smaller possibility is geared in direction of defending towards geographical risks or handguns, with the mannequin gaining simply 250kg in weight because of its added safety.
The XC60 Armoured is assembled in Brazil, and has but to bear stringent ballistic assessments. Just like the bigger XC90, its brakes and suspension have been upgraded.
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