Volvo finally unveiled its premium sedan, the 2017 Volvo S90. This new model is meant to stir up the 2016 BMW 5 Series and the 2016 Audi A6 market. The new S90 was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January. It was released after Volvo’s 2016 XC90 which was well received. It has a similar architecture with the XC90 as well as the engine, electronics interface, and design language. Autonomous driving and collision avoidance, however, make the S90 different.
Interior and Exterior Design
The interior of the 2017 Volvo S90 will offer luxury all the way with wood, leather and metal detailing. It will have a pilot assist that is a semi-autonomous system. This system made its debut in the XC90. The pilot assist enables the vehicle to steer in roads that are clearly marked without the need to follow the car in front and reach a speed of up to 80 miles per hour. Making this system applicable to highways. It can also accelerate, decelerate and even come to a complete halt on its own. It can detect objects on the road and provide brake support to prevent an accident.
The headlights have T-shaped LED elements that are horizontal and the grille is concave shaped. The rear lights are C-shaped making the car very unique. The headlights are nicknamed” hammer of Thor’. The wheelbase is longer than that of the predecessor though the waistline remained the same. The back received a complete change from the lights to the nameplate as well as the loss of the chrome trim. The brand name, Volvo is positioned between the taillights.
Engine Performance and Mileage
The engine will be similar to that of the XC90. This is the 2 liter supercharged and turbocharged four cylinder engine. The horsepower will be 316 with 295 pound-ft. torque. In the XC90, it takes eight seconds for the 0 to 60 but the engine is expected to do better with the new 2017 Volvo S90, as the sedan is lighter. It will also be available as a plug-in hybrid pairing the 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor using a battery pack. This will improve performance and give the hybrid a 0 to 60 of less than six seconds. The horsepower will also rise to 400 and 472 pounds per ft. torque. It will be an all-wheel drive with an eight-speed automatic transmission and optional sports suspension.
The 2017 S90 will begin selling at $ 44,390 U.S. dollars, which is a step up from the S80, its predecessor. It made its first appearance at the Detroit auto show in January 2016 and is expected to go on sale in early summer and online ordering should be available soon.
Volvo’s parent company, Geely Group used $ 11 billion U.S dollars in research and development over a period of five years ahead of the XC90 and S90 release. The new S90 is a gorgeous car that is expected to satisfy Volvo’s loyal customers since the model was first introduced in 1996.