The S90 Volvo is currently undergoing production in China’s city of Daqing, as the company prepares for it to make its way to the market. The S90 nameplate has been stale and fallen out of use since the 1990’s, but those days are over. Described by its boss as “radical elegance,” the vehicle was first announced in December, and a January 6, 2015 report shared that S90 vehicles will come standard with semi-autonomous driving. Now something new is on the horizon. New spyshots of the Volvo S90L testing in China have popped up.
The long-wheelbase version of the S90 is expected to have a wheelbase measuring 4 inches, according to AutoWeek. This represents an effort to give riders more rear seat leg room. The sedan should have a redesigned console and rear seats.
With the Volvo S90 and V90, Volvo is betting on the revival of the big sedan. The S90 is inspired in part by the style of the XC90, a luxury SUV that also has a large rear passenger compartment. The XC90 Excellence will be offered in several markets, including China. Although it is not yet known whether the S90L will have all the features of the SX90 Excellence, it will have the same lineup of powerplants, at least in the Chinese market version.
The semi-autonomous driving features are exciting. One feature, called Pilot Assist, can keep track of the steering at speeds of up to 80 mph, which makes it a more adaptive version of cruise control that keeps the car inside the lane. Another feature is Large Animal Detection, which is linked in with the automatic emergency braking system. When a driver is headed toward a deer, moose, dog or other large animal, the car will sound an early warning alarm. If necessary, the autonomous brake input will deploy to help the car avoid hitting the animal.
The Volvo should be competitive with other large premium executive saloon autos, like the BMW 5-series, Mercedes E-class, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF. With the new 5-series and new E-class launching in 2016, the fallout will definitely be entertaining.