2017 Volvo V90 Preview
By Christian Wardlaw, March 03, 2016
- Station wagon version of new S90 sedan
- 5-passenger seating with rear-seat ski pass-through
- T5, T6, and planned T8 Plug-in model series
- Equipped with the latest driver-assistance, safety, and infotainment systems
The third model to be based upon Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the 2017 Volvo V90 is a station wagon version of the automaker’s recently introduced S90 flagship sedan. The two new cars join the XC90 crossover SUV as members of the SPA family.
Volvo debuted the V90 in advance of the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. Few details were offered for the company’s new wagon, but specifications for the S90 sedan upon which it is based help to fill in the blanks.
Take one Volvo S90, extend the roof rearward, add some extra windows, and you’ve got the new V90. Expect it to be offered in Momentum and Inscription trim, with a wide range of paint colors and aluminum wheel choices.
Similarly, and based on what the U.S.-spec Volvo S90 offers, the V90 is likely to be available with two different grades of leather, each in four different colors. Aluminum and walnut wood trim is also available, depending on the model series.
Expect Volvo to offer options primarily in packages and as dealer-installed accessories. One upgrade available for the S90 that is of particular interest to parents are iPad tablet holders that attach to the front-seat head restraints for viewing by rear-seat occupants.
Under the Hood
Based on the specifications for the Volvo S90, the V90 T5 will have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 250 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission will deliver the power to the front wheels.
The V90 T6 has a supercharged and turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 316 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard, along with automatic engine start/stop technology that is designed to conserve fuel when the V90 is idling in traffic or at an intersection. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is standard, sending up to 50% of engine output to the wagon’s rear wheels.
A V90 T8 Plug-in model is also planned for the lineup. It has the T6 model’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, but in the T8 Plug-in it works in tandem with a 9.2-kWh Lithium-ion battery and a 65-kW electric motor. The electric motor is mounted at the rear axle, giving the V90 T8 Plug-in an electronic AWD system. Automatic start/stop and an 8-speed automatic transmission are also a part of this drivetrain, the automatic equipped with paddle shifters and an engine braking function.
Combined power output for the T8 measures approximately 400 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Driven in Pure mode, the T8 Plug-in provides a Volvo-estimated 31 miles of driving range. Hybrid mode delivers the most efficient use of both the electric motor and gasoline engine, while Power mode supplies maximum output and performance.
In addition to its robust vehicle architecture, the Volvo V90 will include several advanced safety systems as standard equipment.
City Safety technology equips the car with pedestrian, cyclist, and large-animal detection capability, as well as automatic emergency braking. An intersection braking system is also part of City Safety, stopping the car in order to prevent the driver from turning left into the path of an oncoming vehicle that might be blowing through a stoplight.
Optional safety features include a blind-spot warning system, cross-traffic alert system, and a rear-collision warning system. Volvo V90 buyers can opt for integrated 2-stage booster child seat cushions, too.
Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system is standard in the V90. It provides Apple CarPlay smartphone-projection technology and supports mobile applications including Spotify, TuneIn, Yelp, and Park and Pay. Local search capability is a part of the latest version of Sensus, too, as well as a Record & Send voice memo system that drivers can use to send themselves reminders while they’re on the road.
A Volvo OnCall smartphone app allows for remote engine starting and climate system operation, door-lock operation, and easy access to roadside assistance. Sensus is also compatible with Apple Watch, Android Wear, and Microsoft Band 2 wearable technologies.
A CleanZone interior air quality system is standard, equipped with an active charcoal filter designed to filter harmful pollutants in urban environments. As an option, the V90 offers a 4-zone climate control system. Additional upgrades include a Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system, a 360-degree camera system, and Park Assist Pilot, which can steer the car into a parking space while the driver operates the pedals and transmission.