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Volvo's Svelte New V90 Wagon Takes on Crossovers in U.S. Market

Volvo's Svelte New V90 Wagon Takes on Crossovers in U.S. Market

By Philly Murtha, February 18, 2016
This week in Sweden, Volvo revealed photos and a few details about the new, top-of-the-line 2017 Volvo V90 luxury wagon that will be unveiled at next month’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Volvo has been making wagons for 60 years, beginning with the Volvo Duett, and still holds a strong position in the category. The new 2017 Volvo V90 wagon, a plug-in hybrid, will reach U.S. dealer showrooms next year.

Streamlined and elegant, the V90 is a replacement for the V70 wagon, which has been an important entry in Europe’s station wagon segment. In Europe, wagons, called “Estates,” make up nearly one-half of luxury vehicle sales, according to Automotive News, and Volvo continues to have a strong presence in this category.

The new V90 wagon is the third model in Volvo’s 90 series—joining the S90 sedan and XC90 SUV—and is built on the company’s modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). Power for the V90 is provided by a T8 twin-engine gas plug-in hybrid powertrain that will deliver more than 400 horsepower and a pure electric range of some 31 miles, according to Volvo.

The new V90 comes loaded with Volvo’s latest driver-assist systems, including Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, which Volvo says is one of the most advanced standard safety packages on the market featuring large animal detection and run-off road mitigation. The new wagon also is equipped with a user-friendly infotainment system and class-leading connectivity including smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay. Pricing and specs for the V90 will be released later.

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