This is the first look at the 2016 Volvo S90 – the future replacement for the ageing second generation S80 that has been on sale since 2006 – almost a decade. The test mule was spied in Netherlands. Apparently, it is heavily camouflaged and has some fake body pieces on it to make it look as if it’s an estate. The S90 clearly looks much longer than the saloon it will replace.
Like the all-new XC90, the S90 will also be based on the Scalable Product Architecture. An estate version will also spawn, as a replacement for the V70 that has been on sale since 2007, with ‘V90’ moniker. Nick Conor, Managing Director of Volvo UK, said earlier this year that the S90 will be more premium than the its predecessor. The upcoming flagship saloon’s interior is being designed by Robin Page who previously worked at Bentley.
Apart from conventional petrol and diesel engines expected to be borrowed from the XC90, the S90 range is likely to pack a plug-in hybrid powertrain option as well. Volvo wouldn’t want to skip the opportunity of the platform’s plug-in hybrid compatibility. Three reasons support this thought. Firstly, luxury cars have now set the trend of being offered with plug-in hybrid powertrain for maximum efficiency and lower carbon emissions. Secondly, close rivals Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have an aggressive plan to introduce plug-in hybrid variants of almost their entire line-up. Thirdly, Volvo already has the technology ready and employed on a production vehicle – the latest-gen XC90.
The Volvo S90 is expected to be unveiled at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. It has been confirmed to be built by Zhejiang Geely-Volvo (Volvo’s Chinese JV) at the JV’s Daqking plant.
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