The flagship sedan comes as a bigger and upmarket replacement of the old S80. Based on Volvo’s new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) which also underpins the new XC90, the S90 benefits from economies of scale.
The brand’s latest philosophy which is characterised by taut surfaces and sharp elements render a sophisticated stance. The signature chrome finished grille, sleek LED headlamps with “Thor’s Hammer” daytime running lights and distinct LED taillights are the design highlights.
Before you get too down on Volvo, thinking the company needs to be a little more aggressive, realize this: at its peak, the S80 only racked up 12,347 unit sales in a year. That’s it. The S90, which replaces the S80 and surpasses it in every way imaginable, is looking to blow that number out of the water in the first year.
To be honest, Volvo has a bit of an uphill battle when it comes to luxury midsize sedans. Most people aren’t going to think of the S90 as being on equal ground with the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Lexus GS or Mercedes E-Class. Should they? That remains to be seen.
On the inside, the S90 follows Volvo’s new ‘less is more’ philosophy, and thus gets minimal buttons and knobs. Most of the important and frequently used features of the car can be controlled through a 9-inch Sensus touchscreen infotainment system, which is placed in the centre console.
The Volvo S90 borrows its engines from the XC90. Thus, in India, it is likely to get a 2.0-litre, inline 4-cylinder diesel engine, which develops 222 BHP @ 4,250 rpm and a peak torque of 470 Nm @ 1,750-2,500 rpm.