The barely surviving Volvo S80 that went on sale in 2006 is set to be replaced by the Volvo S90 next year. Volvo has been trying to hide the new flagship saloon during road tests by using heavy camouflage but repeated photographs of the official scale models have leaked the final design, as seen in one instance here.
Now a near-production rendering from AutoBild, which closely matches the scale models leaked, previews the 2016 Volvo S90 which flaunts the new design language derived from the Volvo Concept Coupe and the production-spec second generation XC90.
The front-end features Thor’s Hammer headlight design, chrome-finished vertically stacked radiator grille that houses the Volvo Iron Mark logo, chrome-finished radiator grille surround, aggressive bumper housing a sleek air dam grille, large horizontal air inlets, and sleek LED turn signals just below the air inlets. The side profile features a slim window profile garnished by chrome surrounds, large alloy wheels and chrome body side moulding.
The 2016 Volvo S90 will be underpinned by the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that forms the base for the all-new XC90 currently. The new platform will reportedly bring weight savings of 125 kg. Along with combustion petrol and diesel engines, a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain will also be offered. An estate version dubbed ‘Volvo V90’ will tail a few months later, with similar specifications but a much larger boot. This model will replace the Volvo V70, another dinosaur in the Swedish lineup.
The 2016 Volvo S90 is said to have its world premiere at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in January. It will be built by the Zhejiang Geely-Volvo at Daqing plant in China and go on sale in first markets in H2 2016. The North American markets would get the S80-replacement as a 2017 model.
[Image Source: Autobild]