2016 Volvo S90 first view

Volvo has finally unveiled its all-new S90 saloon, which is effectively a replacement for the now fairly ancient S80.

The task facing the S90 shouldn't be underestimated. Volvo wants a credible contender in the executive class, so that means attracting customers who would otherwise buy established rivals such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Volvo S90 T6 (2016) Front Side

Long, low proportions and elegant styling are certainly two things in the Volvo's favour. At the front, a bold upright grille flanked by narrow headlights offers a clear visual link to the recently-launched XC90. Prominent shoulder lines run along the flanks, while the rear – arguably the least resolved aspect – features large C-shaped light clusters.

According to Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group: “Our idea was to bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior. On the inside we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control.”

Performance and efficiency figures have yet to be released, but the engine line-up comprises four options:
  • D4 2.0 litre two-stage turbocharged diesel.
  • D5 2.0 litre two-stage turbocharged diesel available with PowerPulse, an automatic compressed air device that reduces turbo lag under heavy acceleration.
  • T6 2.0 litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol.
  • T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, incorporating a 2.0 litre petrol engine, a rear-axle electric motor, a crankshaft-mounted integrated starter / generator, a lithium-ion battery pack and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 2016 S90 is due to debut at next month's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Volvo S90 T6 (2016) InteriorVolvo S90 T8 Twin Engine (2016) Side

Volvo S90 T6 (2016) RearVolvo S90 T6 (2016) Rear Seats

Volvo S90 T6 (2016) DashboardVolvo S90 T5 (2016) Top

Volvo S90 T5 (2016) Rear SideVolvo S90 T8 Twin Engine (2016) Front

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