It’s becoming a regular occurrence, it seems, where pictures of a collectable model car are leaked into the public domain and this week it’s Volvo’s turn.
Pictures of a scaled version of Volvo’s V90 wagon have appeared on China’s AutoHome, and offer a reasonable preview of what Volvo customers can expect when the real thing lands in dealer showrooms.
Earlier this year, the Bentley Bentayga was revealed in 1:18 model scale on the eve of its official unveiling and Volvo (again) saw its S90 luxury sedan appear on a Chinese website as a collectable model.
The V90 will be built on the same Scalable Platform Architecture that underpins the new XC90 SUV, and Volvo’s new Drive-E powertrains will almost certainly feature.
That will mean a range of four-cylinder options, including the range-topping 298kW/640Nm T8 petrol-electric hybrid powerplant, as Volvo recently announced its plans to offer a hybrid variant in its entire range.
The outgoing S80's Yamaha-tuned V8 isn't likely to carry over, however, and there's only a slim chance than Volvo's venerable turbocharged 3.0 litre inline-six will find its way under the V90's bonnet.
Assuming the scale model is accurate, rear styling in particular draws heavily from Volvo’s 2014 Concept Estate, while the front will no doubt be a carbon copy of the new S90 sedan.
An official reveal for the S90 is expected before the end of the year with the V90 to follow. Stay tuned to TMR for more.