Volvo has taken the wraps off the new V90 estate in Stockholm, Sweden. The new generation estate is the latest entrant in the manufacturer's top of the range 90 series which also includes the new XC90 SUV that's on sale in India.
The V90 boasts premium aesthetics both inside and out, says Volvo. The front end looks a lot like the XC90 that's made apparent by the headlamp and grille. The side profile reveals a sharp shoulder line that extends from the front all the way to the rear. The tail lights are typically Volvo and extend all the way to the roof. The car sits on Volvo's new modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that will also underpin future Volvo cars. The interiors look upmarket and quite similar to XC90 again.
Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president, Design at Volvo Cars said, " The modern premium estate is all about the intriguing combination of a luxurious experience with the functional origins of the estate silhouette. The sophisticated ambience of our new Volvo interiors is combined with a great cargo space, providing the right kind of functionality whether through connectivity or cargo and storage solutions."
The V90 gets a diesel motor with Volvo's Powerpulse technology that has almost eliminated turbo lag. The system consists of an electric compressor, a tank and a valve. The compressor draws clean air from the airbox and stores it in a two-litre tank. When the driver steps on the accelerator pedal, the valve opens, sending high-pressure air from the tank into the exhaust stream, quickly spooling up the turbo, sending air charge into your cylinders, resulting in a pulse of power, says Volvo.
The V90 estate also gets a Twin Engine Plug-in hybrid that produces 410PS. The car can travel 50kms on electric power alone.
As is the case with every modern Volvo, the new V90 gets a host of safety features including the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology. The system is designed to avoid collisions and has been upgraded to identify large animals. It also has run-off road mitigation. Volvo will showcase the V90 at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show
Volvo may not get this car to the Indian market.
|The eagerly awaited Volvo V90 was revealed today in Stockholm, Sweden. The stylish and versatile V90 is the latest in the premium car maker's top-of-the-line 90 series, sitting alongside the award-winning XC90 SUV and the recently launched S90 premium saloon. Building on Volvo Cars' indisputable heritage in the estate segment, which began more than 60 years ago with the Volvo Duett, the new V90 takes the premium estate a clear step forward in terms of aesthetics, materials and finish, while living up to the ultimately practical nature of any true estate. "We have a very strong position in the estate segment," said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. "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." The new V90 is the third car unveiled in Volvo's top-of-the-line 90 series, all of which are built on the company's specially designed and fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which has opened up a range of new opportunities in terms of how Volvos can be designed, built and equipped. "The modern premium estate is all about the intriguing combination of a luxurious experience with the functional origins of the estate silhouette. The sophisticated ambience of our new Volvo interiors is combined with a great cargo space, providing the right kind of functionality whether through connectivity or cargo and storage solutions," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President for Design at Volvo Cars. The new V90 delivers cutting-edge Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, the most advanced standard safety package on the market, including Large Animal Detection and Run-off Road Mitigation, and class-leading connectivity, including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay. Volvo Cars has also worked tirelessly on driving dynamics in the new model, to deliver a totally new and refined driving experience characterised by a sense of engaging control and predictability. "We have a very strong offer in the V90. Our PowerPulse technology is designed to deliver a distinct performance boost to our diesel engine, while the T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid will deliver around 410 hp and a pure electric range of around 31 miles," said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Volvo Cars.|