Volvo XC90 Armored Weighs Nearly 10,000 Pounds

The fortified SUV took two years to develop.

Certain people in the world require the utmost security. Diplomats, politicians, businessmen and women, security forces, police, and more often need special protection when out and about. The key to staying under the radar of dangerous people with dubious motives lies with blending in. Volvo is helping with this mantra with its XC90 Armored, a heavily protected SUV that’s far tougher than it looks.

Volvo spent nearly two years developing the XC90 Armored, aiming for a VPAM VR8 protection rating – the second-highest rating possible. VPAM is an organization that researches, tests, and develops bullet-resistant materials. The VR8 rating signifies the Volvo’s 360-degree ballistic resistance. However, the XC90 Armored also provides explosive resistance.

Underpinning the XC90 Armored is a Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Inscription. Once built at the company’s Torslanda plant in Sweden, the car heads to TRASCO Bremen in Germany to complete the armoring. The high-strength steel measures 0.39 inches (10 millimeters) thick while glass thickness could be up to 1.96 inches (50 millimeters).

Volvo XC90 Armored

Volvo XC90 Armored

Volvo XC90 Armored

Volvo XC90 Armored

Volvo XC90 Armored

Volvo XC90 Armored

Volvo XC90 Armored

Volvo XC90 Armored


The added protection adds approximately 3,089 pounds (1,400 kilograms), bringing the XC90 Armored’s total weight, including five occupants, up to 9,899 lbs (4,490 kg). That’s a hefty beast with uprated suspension and brakes added to compensate for the increased weight. However, many of the XC90 Armored’s details are classified.

According to Stephan Green, Marketing Director at Volvo Cars Special Vehicles, the company strived to ensure the armored version of the XC90 retained the SUV’s properties while doing so “discreetly to make the car barely distinguishable from a standard XC90.” And, looking at the photos, Volvo did a remarkable job keeping it stealthy, though it’s a different story inside.

The XC90 isn’t the only armored vehicle in Volvo’s lineup. The company also offers light armor for the XC60 T6 AWD Inscription and XC90 T6 AWD Inscription as opposed to the heavy armor of the XC90 Armored.

Customers, eager to add an XC90 Armored to their garage, can place their orders now with the first deliveries happening at the end of 2019. The light armored vehicles will go on sale in the first half of 2020.

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