Volvo reveals the S90 sedan

Production Cars 4 Dec 2015
Volvo reveals the S90 sedan

Volvo has unveiled its new top-of-the-line S90 sedan, which applies the design language introduced with the 2013-2014 concepts and focuses on safety and connectivity technologies.

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.

Volvo S90

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.

2015 Volvo S80 vs 2016 Volvo S90 - Design Comparison

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.

Volvo S90

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.

Volvo S90

Volvo S90

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.

2013 Volvo Concept Coupe rear end

The Concept Coupe

Volvo S90

The interior makes use of the Sensus Connect touchscreen that debuted in the XC90, providing a clutter-free interior with minimal dashboard buttons.

Volvo S90 Interior

“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.

Volvo S90 Interior

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.

Volvo S90

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.

(Source: Volvo)


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  1. Tom Kaye

    It seems that Volvo has never been able to get it’s finger on the pulse of the US marketplace. They are forced to pull vehicles such as the TC, the S40 and the T70 from the U.S. market due to poor sales performance. The dealerships will tell you that Americans just don’t like smaller cars, but one only has to look at the success of BMW and Audi in this market segment to understand that this is truly not the case.
    I believe that the V60 will be the next to go as I have not seen a single V60 here on the streets of the Greater Chicago Metropolitan area.
    While I understand that their major emphasis is on safety, most Americans must first like the vehicles style before they will even look at other aspects like safety features. One problem is that Volvo concept cars like the Estate and Coupe are truly aesthetically beautiful vehicles however if they were to go into production they would not even resemble the original design. Case in point is the flagship S90 which is an ugly vehicle when compared to the competition.
    I had thought Volvo had finally got it with new XC90. It is a beautiful vehicle and It appears that Volvo is spending the vast majority of it’s US television advertising budget showing the beauty of XC90 in conjunction with the superior technical advances and safety features.
    Here again I believe they have missed the mark as I believe the XC90 in the commercials carries a price tag of Between $70,000 and $100,000 US. Americans in this demographic most likely are not going to look at a Volvo.


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