Volvo S90, a sleek premium saloon – which replaces the largely forgettable S80 – is Volvo’s answer to the likes of the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Audi A6. And it really will play the role of brand flagship. The look is reminiscent of the sleek Concept Coupe from the 2013 thanks to elements like the Thor’s Hammer daytime running lights integrated with the headlights, as well as the C-shaped tail-lights.
It’s much like the XC90
The S90 shares much with its SUV sibling, including its Scalable Modular Architecture platform and powertrains. Although Volvo has yet to release output figures, it did say that the sedan will become available with the T6 and T5 gasoline engines, the D4 and D5 diesel mills, and the T8 hybrid, all built around 2.0-liter four-cylinder units.
Volvo’s upcoming executive saloon will feature a semi-autonomous driving feature called Pilot Assist. But this system – which delivers “gentle steering inputs” to keep the vehicle in its lane – is now in its second generation, and Volvo says it no longer needs another car to follow.
Indeed, it’ll go about its business on the highway without inputs from the driver’s hands or feet at speeds of up to 130km/h. For comparison, the XC90’s system works only at speeds of 50km/h or lower. The S90, then, is clearly pushing the envelope in the area of semi-autonomous driving as the brand strides towards one of its stated goals: a true self-driving vehicle.
It’s as safe as houses, just as we expected
If we were to spit out the word “Volvo” during an impromptu word association game, chances are you’d counter with “safety”. Volvos have always been among the safest cars on the road and the new S90 is no exception.
It picks up where the XC90 left off, boasting items such as Lane Keeping Aid, Driver Alert Control, Road Sign Information, Run-off Road Mitigation, Run-off Road Protection, and the City Safety package. Options include Blind Spot Information, Rear Collision Warning, Cross Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Pilot Assist, Distance Alert, Park Assist Pilot and 360-degree camera.
Volvo has yet to announce pricing for the S90, but it should be a tad more expensive than the S80 it replaces. For 2016, the S80 retails from $43,450.