Announcing its partnership with Microsoft for Microsoft HoloLens, Volvo Cars has slipped in details about the Volvo S90. The new flagship saloon will have its world premiere at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (2016 Detroit Auto Show) in January. The Swedish automaker may use Microsoft HoloLens to provide an experience of its future cars to potential customers. Both companies may co-develop autonomous driving technologies and utilise data generated from connected cars to create new services.
The Volvo S90 will replace the Volvo S80 saloon that went on sale in 2006. It will be based on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that underpins the second generation Volvo XC90. The new modular platform is said to make the S90 125 kg lighter than the S80. Along with 2.0-litre Drive-E combustion petrol and diesel engines, a Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain would also be offered.
The Volvo S90 saloon will be followed by Volvo V90, which will effectively replace the Volvo V70. Design of both Volvo S90 and Volvo V90 has been leaked through scale models, and are heavily inspired by the Volvo Concept Coupe from 2013. The former will be built by the Zhejiang Geely-Volvo at Daqing plant in China. The V90 should be built in Sweden only, assuming that European markets will be the main target.