Finally, Volvo unveiled the much-anticipated 2017 S90 to the world. The executive sedan is an important car for the Swedish company to increase its sales globally. Furthermore, the S90 is prepared to fight with trio Germans such as, Audi A6, BMW 5-Series, and Mercedes E-Class.
Volvo S90 is build on the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) that is also used for the latest XC90. No wonder if S90 design is almost the same with its big bro. But the grille is taken from Concept Coupe that made its debut at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Volvo’s designers also took the front bumper design from the concept as an inspiration when designed the 4-door sedan. Meanwhile its headlights has the same design with XC90, features T-shape LED Daytime Running Lights.
From side, we can see Concept Coupe element from C-pillar which gives the sedan a coupe-look. And at the rear, another Concept Coupe element is seen from the LED taillights. But seems like the execution is totally failed. I know that Volvo’s designers wanted to redesign it, but it went wrong. The result is the LED taillights is bigger and bolder causing the S90 looks weird at the back.
The most interesting feature that is offered is an advanced semi-autonomous system named Pilot Assist. The system that is also featured in Volvo XC90 keeping the car aligned within lane markings up to motorway speeds of around 130km/h. The company also provides latest feature for City Safety system that enables to detect large animals such as, elk, horses, or moose crossing the road in day and night driving. The system will give an intuitive warning first and brake to avoid collision.
For the powertrain, Volvo offers various choices for customer. There’s a petrol engine T6 2.0 liter turbocharged and supercharged producing 320 hp at 5,700 rpm and 400 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmissions. If you prefer to buy a diesel version, the Swedish carmaker has 2 choices. First is the D4 2.0 liter turbo producing 190 hp at 4,250 rpm and 400 Nm of torque. D4 is mated to 6-speed manual gearbox. Another choice for diesel is D5 that has the same engine with D4 but it has more power, 235 hp at 4,000 rpm and 480 Nm of torque. The D5 is mated to 8-speed automatic transmission.
The range-topping is T8 plug-in hybrid. It has a 2.0 liter turbocharged and supercharged producing 320 hp and combined with an 87 hp electric motor. So, total output is 407 hp and 640 Nm of torque. It is mated to 8-speed automatic transmission. Volvo claims that S90 T8 can travel with electric mode for more than 45 km.
2017 Volvo S90 will make its debut at 2016 Detroit Motor Show next January and might go on sale in mid-2016.
Text: Andhika Pradityo