Volvo’s new S90 has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Detroit motor show in January. The car is all set to replace the S80. It is believed that the India-bound Volvo S90 will go on sale in the country later next year around October 2016.
In terms of design, the Volvo S90 is the second model to feature the company’s next generation design language, first being the 2015 XC90. Like its bigger brother, the S90 gets a long grille with vertical slats, LED headlamps with Thor Hammer DRLs, new bumper design with sleek foglamps, and a clean hood. The side profile has the characteristic muscular shoulder line, chrome window lining, and new alloy rim designs, while the rear-end sports bold C-shaped LED taillamps, dual exhaust tips and Volvo lettering across the bootlid.
The new luxury sedan features an extremely long wheelbase, a XC90 like vertical nose and distinctive ‘C’ shaped tail lights at the rear. The car’s exterior styling in fact offers a more elegant look than the chunky, heavy-shouldered saloons Volvo has produced in recent years. Inside there are clear cues from the XC90 too with the use of natural materials, including a slab of wood that forms part of the fascia. Also similar to the XC90, the S90 gets a large portrait-layout touchscreen infotainment display which includes controls for several of the car’s systems, including sat-nav and audio.
Safety features, also borrowed from the XC90, include the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving feature that keeps the car between motorway road markings up to 80mph, but the S90 adds a new feature the Volvo’s City Safety system that detects large animals and warns the driver or primes the brakes.
The two litre diesel is expected here initially, either in D4 or D5 trim. While the former is tuned to deliver a healthy 188bhp, it’s the more powerful 232bhp D5 we are likely to get first. And Volvo says it will get the top of the line ‘Inscription’ version too. Pricing, however, will be ‘extremely competitive’ with other luxury cars in its class, meaning the S90 could go on sale with prices starting at around the 45 or 46 lakh mark.
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