The third vehicle on Volvo’s new SPA modular platform.
The first production Volvo V90 station wagon rolled off the assembly line today. The completion of the first customer-ready V90 comes only a few weeks after Volvo’s Torslanda, Sweden, plant built the first example of the mechanically related S90 sedan.
The V90 is the third Volvo to be built on the company’s new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) modular chassis, following the S90 and the XC90 crossover. To cope with the additional vehicle launches, the Torslanda plant has doubled its staffing over the past two years, to about 6,300 employees now.
“We have invested heavily in preparing the Torslanda plant for building SPA vehicles and it is encouraging to see the positive response to the new 90 cars,” Volvo president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson said in a statement.
The Volvo V90 is launching with two powertrain options. The T5 will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine good for 250 horsepower, which comes only with front-wheel drive, while the T6 has a turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter engine with 316 hp and all-wheel drive. There will also be a T8 plug-in hybrid version later, matching the S90 and XC90 T8 models. Tuning division Polestar will launch upgrades for the T6 engine this fall, while extra visual flair is available in the form of a new R-Design pack for the V90. And eventually, Volvo may sate our desire for mild off-roading with a V90 Cross Country.
Sadly, the V90 won’t reach the U.S. market until 2017 as a 2018 model, so you’ll need some patience if you want to get behind the wheel of the sleek new wagon.