Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volvo | posted February 19, 2016 10:45
Volvo takes on the premium wagon segment with all-new V90
An all-new premium wagon (estate) will soon join the market after Volvo revealed the V90 ahead of its scheduled debut at this year's Geneva Motor Show. Described by the automaker as stylish and versatile, the new wagon is Volvo's latest addition to its premium lineup alongside the XC90 SUV and the S90 sedan.
"We have a very strong position in the estate segment. In many people’s minds we are known as the definitive estate brand. While the Volvo brand today stands for more than estates, we are proud to carry forward this rich heritage with the V90," said Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.
Underpinning the V90 is the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that can be found in the XC90 and S90 models. It features a safety cage made from different grades of steel that ensures a rigidity and energy absorption. Beyond that, its electrical framework also allows easy installation of new safety, infotainment and driving features.
Dimension-wise, it measures 4,963mm long, 1,890mm wide, 1,475mm tall and a 2,941mm wheelbase. Average curb weight ranges from 1,825 – 2,100 kg, depending on the variant or setup.
Over to its design, the front fascia is distinctly Volvo with the signature grill and T-shaped LED daytime running lights called 'Thor's Hammer'. The side takes styling cues from the the S90 sedan, with its defined beltline, chrome trim on the doors and huge side mirrors. The rear, on the other hand, gets the eye-catching taillights and a sleek rear bumper and tailgate.
Like the S90, the interior is comprised of high quality materials like leather, wood and metal trim pieces. For infotainment, it gets the the tablet-inspired touchscreen that can also be found on the S90 and XC90. The instrument panel, on the other hand, features a dual gauge cluster and a multi-information display that shows outside temperature, time and fuel mileage. In terms of cargo space, Volvo stated it is capable of 1,526 liters of luggage.
An array of gasoline-powered and diesel-driven engines are available for the new V90.
Starting with the former, the T5 has a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces 254 PS at 5500 rpm along with 350 Nm of torque available from 1500-4800 rpm. Next is the T6 AWD which packs a 2.0-liter twincharged inline-four that doles out 320 PS at 5700 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 2200-5400 rpm. The most powerful variant is the T8 AWD, it gets the same engine from the T6 AWD but it benefits from a rear electric motor. In total the T8 AWD cranks out 407 PS and 640 Nm of torque.
Over to diesel, there is the D4 which is propelled by a 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline-four. It puts out 190 PS at 4250 rpm along with a healthy torque pull of 400 Nm at 1700 – 2500 rpm. At the top of the diesel range is the D5 AWD. It is also pulled along by a more powerful 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline-four which is rated at 235 PS at 4000 rpm and 480 Nm of torque.
All engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
It will be making its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show on March 1.