The long-awaited and highly anticipated 2016 Volvo S90 has finally arrived. The Swedish luxury automaker has taken wraps off its new flagship saloon at the Volvo Design Centre in Gothenburg in Sweden. The Volvo S90 is successor to the Volvo S80 and will have its public debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
The Volvo S90 flaunts the brand’s latest design language that was introduced with the second generation Volvo XC90. Cues have been borrowed from the Volvo Concept Coupe as well. The Thor’s Hammer headlights on the front, sleek and coupe-esque greenhouse on the sides and the C-shaped tail lamps at the rear are some of the noteworthy exterior design and styling features, while the interior is unsurprisingly similar to that of the XC90. The white theme and clever usage of light-shade wood panels gives a very warm appeal to the cabin.
The Volvo S90 will be offered with D4 and D5 diesel engines and T5 and T6 petrol engines. The T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain will also be available in some markets. Transmission choices include 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic.
An innovative feature called ‘PowerPulse’ has been introduced for the first time in a car with the Volvo S90. PowerPulse aims to eliminate turbo lag in diesel engines. This technology draws air from the air filter via a compressor to a pressurised two-litre air tank and when the driver needs quick acceleration right from the launch or at low-engine speeds, the air is fed by a valve into the exhaust manifold to the turbocharger. The air tank is filled automatically to ensure that PowerPulse is always ready.
The Volvo S90 boasts semi-autonomous drive feature called Pilot Assist. The aim is to reach fully autonomous driving in the future, but for now, only semi-autonomous driving offered. Pilot Assist allows the driver to let the car drive autonomously up to speeds of around 130 km/h on the highway. The car drives by itself by staying aligned within lane markings on the highway.
Complete details about the 2016 Volvo S90 are expected to be revealed at the 2016 North American International Motor Show. The press release has been embedded below the image gallery.