Set to make its official debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January before arriving in UK dealerships during the summer is this, the new 2016 Volvo S90.
The new S90 is built around Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) as used on the new XC90.
It is also set to showcase the company’s range of Drive-E efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as a powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.
The T8 uses a supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine developing 320hp, mated to a 65kW electric motor. In total, this gives the S90 407hp and a massive 640Nm of torque.
Volvo hasn’t released performance figures for the T8 as yet, other than to say it is expected to emit just 44 g/km of CO2 while achieving economy of 1.9 l/100km – an incredible 148.67 mpg.
The same super/turbo-charged petrol engine features in the T6, where its 320hp and 400Nm of torque are enough for a 0-62mph time of just 5.8 seconds.
T6 emissions are expected to be 169 g/km, with economy of up to 7.3 l/100km (38.7 mpg).
Diesel options are covered by a pair of 2.0-litre units – the all-wheel-drive D5 offers 235hp and 480Nm, while the front-wheel-drive D4 produces 190hp and 400Nm.
The D5 sprints from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds and on to its 143mph top speed, with emissions of 133 g/km and economy of 5.1 l/100km (55.4 mpg).
The D4 isn’t far behind, with a 0-62mph time of 8.2 seconds, emissions of 109 g/km, and economy up to 4.1 l/100km (68.9 mpg).
The new S90 will mark the roll-out of a raft of upgrades to Volvo’s existing safety technologies, too.
First among these is a new semi-autonomous drive feature, dubbed Pilot Assist. The system provides subtle steering inputs to keep the car centred within its lane and can operate at speeds up to 80mph.
Meanwhile, the company’s City Safety feature now incorporates a large animal detection function that can detect elk, horses and other animals in the road – at night or during the day – sounding a warning or applying the brakes as necessary.
But these days Volvos aren’t purely about safety – they’re also increasingly luxurious, and the company says they’ve worked to provide a “high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control.”
Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President goes on to say that the S90 has “taken a big stride forwards in terms of driving dynamics, performance and ride. We have completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control and comfort.”
Given the company also announced that last month (November) was its most successful ever in terms of sales, with 49,055 units sold globally, it’s clear the company’s new direction is appealing to many.
As well as the saloon S90, an estate version – the V90 – will also be offered.