With the new S90 Volvo enters the premium E-segment market, and makes a step up compared to the outgoing sedan model, the S80, both in terms of dimensions and target.
Based, like the XC90, on the company’s Scalable Product Architecture, the new S90 is 4,964 mm long, 1,879 mm wide and 1,443 mm tall, with a long wheelbase of 2,944 mm.
Seen from the side, the S90 is characterized by a relatively long hood, short front over overhang and a longer dash-to-axle ratio.
The greenhouse has been extended by 10 inches backwards with a third separate window and the roofline has a more fastback-like shape.
The front end adopts the design introduced with the Concept Coupe: it successfully blends a clean, elegant look, with a distinctive identity and trademark styling cues like the horizontally-split headlamps and the particular 3D treatment of the grille.
Like the front end, the rear end draws its inspiration from the Concept Coupe for the overall treatment and graphics. Given the different proportions of the cars, and some production constraints, the S90’s tail appears a bit heavier and busy.
The interior makes use of the Sensus Connect touchscreen that debuted in the XC90, providing a clutter-free interior with minimal dashboard buttons.
“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. On the inside we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group.
The new Volvo S90 also comes equipped with an advanced semi-autonomous drive feature, Pilot Assist. The system gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car properly aligned within lane markings up to motorway speeds of around 130 km/h and no longer needs to follow another car.
Three engine choices will be available: the award-winning four-cylinder, 2.0 liter turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine, the turbocharged T5 variant and the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.
The S90 will make its public debut at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show, and should be followed shortly by the estate V90 model.