The upcoming replacement for the Volvo S80 will draw on the next-generation XC90's design and technology as the Swedish brand aims to take on BMW, Audi and Jaguar in the large luxury segment.
Expected to be badged the S90, Volvo's new large sedan may also spawn a V90 wagon variant. Styling will draw on the Concept Universe shown in 2011 (pictured), but may also take some cues from 2013's Volvo Coupe Concept.
But most importantly, Volvo will be appling lessons learned from its latest XC90 to its future large sedan offering.
Since its unveiling in August 2014, the new XC90 has generated strongly positive feedback from the media and public alike. According to Volvo's vice-president of product strategy Lex Kerssemakers, the XC90 provides a good pattern for the S90 to follow.
“We have to learn the lessons from the XC90,” Kerssemakers said to UK outlet Autocar.
“The incredible reaction we’ve had to that car, with 6000 people placing orders before they’ve even sat in it, shows that we are on the right track."
"We see design as a key ingredient, of course, but also the interior treatment, the in-car technology and the option of an electrified powertrain.”
The S90 will be built on Volvo's new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which also underpins the new XC90.
That makes sharing major components like engines and drivetrains across different model ranges easier, and as such the S90 is expected to be offered with the same engine line-up as the XC90 - including the 298kW/640Nm T8 petrol-electric hybrid powerplant.
The S80's Yamaha-tuned V8 isn't likely to carry over though, and there's only a slim chance than Volvo's venerable turbocharged 3.0 litre inline six will find its way under the S90's bonnet too.
The S90 is expected to make its debut towards the end of this year before going on sale in 2016. The XC90, meanwhile, will go on sale locally towards the middle of this year.
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