Volvo’s new and long-anticipated luxury S90 sedan has made its first public appearance at the Detroit Auto Show, a month after its online debut, with an Australian arrival locked in for August this year.
The Swedish carmaker says its new model is the “entry ticket to the prestige sedan club”, and marks a “giant step forward” for a company better known for its SUVs and wagons.
“With the launch of the XC90 we made a clear statement of intent - we are now clearly and firmly in the prestige segment,” Volvo Australia’s Managing Director, Kevin McCann, said.
“With US$11 billion of investment over the past five years we have not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be, we are now delivering on our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand.”
The S90 will arrive in Australia with a bag full of tech goodies, including cloud-based apps and services.
Like the XC90, the S90 will feature Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system (see video, bottom of page). Among other features, Pilot Assist uses steering input to keep the sedan within lane markings at speeds of up to 130km/h and does not need to be following another car to operate.
Volvo says the S90 is further proof of its commitment to autonomous cars, and follows a demonstration run in Adelaide last month.
Building on the semi-autonomous features is a new ‘large animal detection’ function for the City Safety feature, which works in both daylight and dark conditions and can apply braking and warning signals if it detects an impending collision with an animal.
Another feature from the XC90 found in the S90 is the T8 Twin-Engine plug-in hybrid powerplant. The T8 boasts a fuel figure as low as 2.1 l/100km along with power and torque figures of 298kW and 640Nm in the XC90.
The T8 will headline a powertrain lineup that begins with the 142kW/400Nm 2.0 litre D4 turbodiesel, rising to the 175kW/480Nm D5 2.0 diesel, followed by the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0 petrol T6 engine with 239kW and 400Nm.
Measuring in with a 2941mm wheelbase, 4963mm overall length, 1890 width and 1443mm height, the S90 has more than 10cm more distance between its axles than the S80 that it replaces, along with greater overall length and width.
Its boot measures a capacious 500 litres with the rear seats up, however with a kerb weight ranging between 1800kg and 2150kg the S90 is a hefty beast.
We'll hear more about the S90's local specifications and pricing as its local launch draws near.
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