The Volvo XC90 was awarded North American Car of the Year at the NAIAS show in Detroit as well as Motor Trend’s Sport/Utility of the Year in 2003, further establishing Volvo’s position as a versatile, dependable and safe choice. Featuring a roof reinforced with ultra-high-strength steel and a unique frontal structure with energy-absorbing crumple zones, it scored a full 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. But the lighting technology used in these cars is today over 15 years old.
Factory-fitted options included H7 halogen and D2R/H7, D1S/H9 xenon headlights, made by Bosch/AL.
The halogen version features an H7 reflector that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general ageing cause the reflective layer to peel off.
Both the single- and bi-xenon setups feature a 3.0-inch projector, designed in the late 90s. These projectors are known to lose their reflective layer right to the point where they become black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your Volvo XC90 is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H7 halogen, D2R/H7 or D1S/H9 xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average Volvo XC90 xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your Volvo XC90 will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.