After successful launch of new XC90 three-row SUV, Volvo was hard working on another flagship, this time for mid-size segment with S90 name on it. But first, let’s remind you that first S90 isn’t born in 2016. From 1990 to 1998 Volvo 960 was one in range of Volvo’s executive cars which two years before end of its production received S90 name. And now it’s back more stylish and elegant as ever to replace outgoing S80. So we can expect that new 2017 Volvo S90 will achieve great sales and there is a good reason for that.
2017 Volvo S90 – Scandinavian Design
Most of its key design features will be taken from Volvo Concept Coupe unveiled in 2013. New XC90 which was premiered last year was first to receive design from this concept. Another thing that XC90 and S90 have in common is the platform. Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) will underpin S90, thus giving us front-drive layout. As we mentioned key design features will beautify new 2017 Volvo S90 and the first thing that is recognizable is now already famous “Thor’s Hammer” running daylights. Apart from that large concave grill that is emphasized with large chrome Volvo logo from front we can also see that new S90 is somewhat wider and lower. And that is really the case with a body 74 inches wide and 56.8 inches high. Rear end is also wide with “C”-shaped rear lights on both ends. With a length of 195.4 inches space inside is vast.
2017 Volvo S90 – Next Level Comfort
Speaking of interior Volvo already has reputation for high level of comfort. And that is also the case with new S90 with excellent driving position. With adjustable leather wrapped multifunctional steering wheel and leather power seat driving will be a real pleasure. All seats are carefully placed with plenty headroom and legroom than most of its competitors. To further minimize physical buttons a large 9.3-inch touchscreen is added that has all desired functions. And those include controls for Volvo’s Sensus in 2017 Volvo S90. It’s new dimension of connectivity, information and entertainment. Speaking of entertainment 10 speaker premium sound system will satisfy even the most demanding music listeners. Apart from that controls for navigation and climate-control are also integrated.
2017 Volvo S90 – Safety Features
When it comes to safety there is no other like Volvo. Although IIHS didn’t yet crash this car every way possible, and safety ratings are not yet available, we expect only highest marks. Rating on models tested by now gives us confidence to say so and why it wouldn’t since Volvo Intelisafe is packed with a range of safety features. We really don’t want to spend all day just writing the names of every safety feature, but we’ll name a few. City-safety technology with automatic braking is off course one of them. In addition there is also 360° camera for bird’s eye view. Aside cyclist and pedestrian detection there is now large animal detection added and its name says it all. We said we won’t spend all day on it, but it’s crucial to mention that it will come with Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving capability.
2017 Volvo S90 – Drivetrain Options
There are all together five options for powering new 2017 Volvo S90 with three gasoline and two diesel engines. And all of them have one thing in common; they are all inline 4-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engines. T5 comes with 251 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, while supercharged T6 AWD outputs 316 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. There is also a T8 which has the same T6, but with added electric motor that drives the rear wheels. It alone has an output of 86 horsepower to top it all off with around 400 horsepower mark. Diesel units have 187 and 232 horsepower. EPA ratings are not yet available but they will slightly vary between drive modes that are available. And those are Comfort, Sport and Eco.
2017 Volvo S90 – Price And Competitors
Price will start at $46,950 and can go very high with selected trim options. With 2017 Volvo S90 Swedish manufacturer aims to take head on its German competitors like BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-class. But Volvo also has a threat in term of Audi A6, Lexus GS, Hyundai Genesis, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF, Infiniti Q70 and Acura RLX.