Huge, lux and low are the name of the game for the new 2017 Volvo V90 wagon!
Sharing its new platform and powertrains with the wildly-successfully 2016 XC90 SUV and upcoming S90 limo, the new V90 is a major step back into Volvo’s core groove.
The looks of the machine are actually far more successful than the S90 sedan, which has some seriously curious tail styling marring excitement about its arrival later this year to US showrooms.
2017 Volvo S90
Where the S90 looks a bit funky, however, the V90 relishes its long-hood, low-roof ethos. Even the back glass is now sloped sharply and sportily forward — when viewed in profile. But this is only half the story. A longer rear overhang for the estate and a boxy glasshouse and tailgate ensure a supreme level of utility for this lux station wagon revival.
PHEV power in twin-engine T8 form will be optional with AWD and 400HP, while a T6 with about 300 ponies is expected to be the base American powerplant.
The main question for many shoppers debating this sleek wagon versus the XC90 SUV? seating capacity, mostly. The V90 as initially shown lacks the third row of its SUV bro, as well as the dealer-installed, rear-facing “wayback” seating arrangement often used by big families for their XC70 and V70 wagons to date.
Even so, the benefit is a truly gigantic-looking second row for the V90, along with an even-larger trunk area than most SUV rivals.
The new V90 is said to arrive in the USA in calendar 2017, likely by around March of that year as a 2017 model-year. Pricing is estimated to start from about $48k.
2017 Volvo V90
VOLVO CARS REVEALS STYLISH AND VERSATILE NEW V90 WAGON
The eagerly-awaited Volvo V90 was revealed today in Stockholm, Sweden. The stylish and versatile V90 is the latest in the luxury car maker’s top-of-the-line 90 series sitting alongside the award winning XC90 SUV and the recently-launched S90 luxury sedan.
Building on Volvo Cars’ indisputable heritage in the wagon segment, that began over 60 years ago with the Volvo Duett, the new V90 takes the luxury wagon a clear step forward in terms of aesthetics, materials and finish, while living up to the ultimately practical nature of any true wagon.
“We have a very strong position in the wagon segment,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “In many people’s minds we are known as the definitive wagon brand. While the Volvo brand today stands for more than wagons, we are proud to carry forward this rich heritage with the V90.”
The new V90 is the third car unveiled in Volvo’s top-of-the-line 90 series, all of which are built on the company’s specially-designed and fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which has opened up a range of new opportunities in terms of how Volvos can be designed, built and equipped.
“The modern luxury wagon is all about the intriguing combination of a luxurious experience with the functional origins of the wagon silhouette. The sophisticated ambience of our new Volvo Interiors is combined with a great cargo space, providing the right kind of functionality – whether through connectivity or cargo and storage solutions,” said Thomas Ingenlath senior vice president for design at Volvo Cars.
The new V90 delivers cutting-edge Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, the most advanced standard safety package on the market, with large animal detection and run-off road mitigation, and class-leading connectivity including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay.
Volvo Cars has also worked tirelessly on driving dynamics in the new model delivering a totally new and refined driving experience characterised by a sense of engaging control and predictability.
“We have a very strong offer in the V90. The T8 Twin Engine gas plug-in hybrid will deliver around 400 hp and a pure electric range of around 50 km,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Cars.
The new Volvo V90 is scheduled to arrive in the United States in 2017.
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