You teach it new tricks. Or in the case of this Volvo, a styling update from Volvo specialist tuning firm Heico Sportiv. In the case of the post 2007 XC90 (quite unfortunate as those pre-2007 facelifted vehicles need the styling update even more), Heico Sportiv has launched a new bodykit made out of PUR-R-RIM plastic. You get a front spoiler apron and a splitter arrangement which replaces the regular central and side front bumper panels, stainless steel trim in front of the cooling air outlet below the grille, side skirts that mount over the original and a rear diffuser style attachment that proudly shows quad chrome exhaust tailpipes.
The styling kit is complemented by 20inch alloy wheels in an understated family car-like design that I’d never think of buying. But overall the car still looks a little too conservative and does not really make the XC90 stand out. Maybe its the white with the polished chrome rims as the photo showing the rear of the XC90 features a more aggressive wheel design. But I suppose the target market for the Heico Sportiv XC90 are in fact people who use their XC90s for school runs and these people don’t want children running away sobbing, in fear and afraid of crossing paths with a highly modified Volvo. Of course, such things do not happen in real life. No one these days would fear a Volvo. How I miss the days of the Volvo 850 T5R Wagon. Now THAT was a mean Volvo.
Heico Sportiv’s bodykit upgrade will be available for order from May 2011 at all official Heico Sportiv dealers globally.