Well, Volvo is on a roll lately (just check out our new review of the all-new 2016 XC90.) Next up for the automaker? The all-new 2017 S90 luxury compact sedan, which sits on the same platform as the XC90. And it gets Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist.
Volvo debuted the S90 Wednesday on its home turf in Sweden. It’s packed with technology, luxury touches and design features that Volvo hopes will take the class by storm. It also features all the technology Volvo is known for in the safety department. The S90 will even offer a system that can detect large animals in the road, like moose for example, and apply an autonomous brake to avoid them.
Now for looks. The exterior is a modern take on classic Volvo lines with the same deep cut line running from nose to tail. It uses sleeker, more airstream-like, lines throughout the body. The front and rear lights are noticeably fresh for the new S90. Inside, you’ll find a premium interior. The dash uses the Sensus Connect touchscreen from the XC90. It keeps the feel clutter-free with a conservative amount of buttons.
“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,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group.
Under the hood, drivers can choose from three engines. The first is a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine. The second is the turbocharged T5. The third is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.
The new sedan is part of the automaker’s complete overhaul of its lineup by 2020. Its goal is to make Volvo vehicles so safe, there won’t be any serious injuries or deaths to its drivers.
“With $11 USD billion of investment over the past five years we have not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be, we are now delivering on our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.
Volvo says its seen an 18% growth in U.S. car sales so far in 2015.