Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Volvo | posted December 03, 2015 15:10
2017 S90 joins XC90 in brand's resurgence
Earlier this year, Volvo's new flagship was unofficially unveiled as a die-cast model. After endless shares of the miniaturized car, Volvo has now officially unveiled the 2017 S90. Volvo revived S90 nameplate, first applied the name during the final years of the 900 Series from 1996 to 1998.
The Volvo S90 follows the design language first laid out by the XC90 with its 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights, a rounded off bumper and the waterfall effect grill. The side profile feature a prominent shoulder line, giving the car a wider stance and also serves as the side mirror's mounting point. Getting visual cues from the Concept Coupe back in 2013, one will also see a coupe-like roofline which then 'flows' to the rear section of the sedan. Volvo's C-shaped tail lights also make an appearance in the new flagship sedan with a bold character line running across the bottom half of the trunklid. Size wise, the S90 measures in at 4960mm long, 1890mm wide with a wheelbase of 2940mm. “We wanted to design a car that enhances the driver’s life, not a sedan that’s merely a status symbol.” said Thomas Ingenlath, designer of the S90.
Volvo says they have extensively used high quality and upscale materials for the S90's interior with soft leather, glass buttons, and open-pore wood featured throughout the cabin. From the driver's seat, one will see a large, tablet-like screen for its infotainment system which is then flanked by two, long vertical air conditioning vents. In tune with the 'high quality' promise the company mentioned, the top of the dashboard is trimmed in leather, so too is the center console, steering wheel and parts of the lower half of the dashboard.
To stay competitive in its segment, Volvo says the S90 will be available with a variety of gas, diesel and hybrid powertrains. While the diesel engine lineup has yet to be confirmed, all S90's will be powered by a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine, with either turbocharging, twin charging or electric assist. The gas engine lineup starts with the T5 with a turbocharged version of the said 2.0 liter block, putting out 240 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Mid-level T6 models gets twin charging and adds a supercharger to the turbocharged mill, boosting power to 316 PS and 400 Nm of torque. Last but not the least is the T8 Twin Engine that pairs the T6's twin charged engine with Volvo's electric motor. The T8 models get three drive modes, namely full electric mode for speeds up to 115 km/h, hybrid mode and full power mode. In full power mode, the S90 T8 puts out 407 PS and 640 Nm of torque.
Being a Volvo, the S90 is packed with safety equipment and technology. All S90's come standard with semi-autonomous driving technology called Pilot Assist. The system keeps the car in its lane thanks to sensors that read the lane markings for speeds up to 130 km/h. The S90 also introduces a world first function to City Safety with large animal detection. It is a system capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day. The technology offers an intuitive warning and brake support to help avoid a collision.
The Volvo S90 is set to debut in next year's North American International Auto Show with the V90 wagon following in March.