PARIS -- Volvo has redesigned its XC90 SUV for the 2016 model year. This will mark the third generation of what has become a very important car for the Swedish automaker.

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Lower than the previous generation, the XC90's styling is subtle. The front end is curvier, with what one Volvo spokesperson described as "bullet-shaped."

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Volvo will make an adaptive suspension available for the XC90.

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The top trim XC90 comes with 22-inch wheels.

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The back end retains Volvo's tall taillights, hinting at the numerous active safety features available.

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With the T8 drivetrain, the engine bay does not look crowded, as it only contains a 2-liter four-cylinder under the hood.

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The four-cylinder engine is complemented by a 60-kilowatt electric motor driving the rear wheels, creating a combined output of 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.

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A power-operated lift gate contributes to the XC90's premium appointments.

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Soft-touch materials cover the dashboard, with leather over seats and console.

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Nicely bolstered front seats contribute to comfort and driver support.

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Volvo designed the seats to be space-saving, with the benefit of less weight, as well.

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The third-row seats are surprisingly accessible when the second row is slid forward.

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Here's an open look at the seating as part of the display here at the Paris Motor Show.

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The console features a simple shifter, a big engine start button and a drive mode selector.

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Volvo XC 90

The instrument cluster is all LCD.

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The center dash features the new Sensus Connect infotainment system, which resides on a 9-inch portrait format touchscreen and uses a tiled screen format.

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The navigation system comes courtesy of Nokia Here.

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The stereo control comes up merely by touching the audio tile.

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This demonstration unit shows weather as the bottom tile, although you can customize this screen.

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Swiping the screen to the right shows all the settings available for the XC90's various systems.

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Swiping to the left shows additional apps.

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The Bowers & Wilkins audio system includes a 1,400-watt amp, and 19 speakers, including this center channel.

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