Earlier today we received an early look at the model and now it’s here in its full glory. What you see from the attached photos is a stylish and attractive sedan with a low roofline and sleek profile that appears to be slightly longer and larger than its predecessor, the S80. Up front we see the Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lights that the company introduced with the XC90, while at the back there’s a pair of C-shaped LED taillights.
Step inside the cabin and you’ll find a XC90-inspired interior with minimal amount of buttons, featuring the Sensus Connect touchscreen for the infotainment system and a fully digital instrument cluster. The manufacturer says the interior combines “Scandinavian design” with “cutting-edge safety and cloud-based applications and services”.
At launch, power will be provided by a range of three petrol engines that includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine, a turbocharged T5 variant, and the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid modification. Detailed power and fuel consumption figures are expected soon.
As a part of Volvo’s Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by the year 2020, the S90 comes equipped with an advanced semi-autonomous drive feature, called the Pilot Assist. The system gives “gentle steering inputs” to keep the car properly aligned within lanes up to speeds of around 130 km/h (81 mph). The premium sedan also offers a brake support function that can detect large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day.
“Our idea was to bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior,” Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president design at Volvo Car Group, commented. On the inside we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control.”
Dr Peter Mertens, senior vice president R&D at Volvo, added that “the S90 has taken a big stride forwards in terms of driving dynamics, performance and ride” and that the company has “completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control and comfort.”
The public premiere of the car will take place during the 2016 Detroit Motor Show in January 2016.