Volvo has revealed pricing for its forthcoming flagship S90 sedan which will make its South African debut at the end of 2016.
Following the successes of the Volvo XC90 SUV, a triple nominee in the first annual Cars.co.za Consumer Awards, Volvo has launched its S90 sedan which will be taking on the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi in the full-size luxury market. Like the XC90 it’ll feature advanced technology, modern comfort features as well as Volvo's latest safety and semi-autonomous features.
Volvo Car South Africa MD, Greg Maruszewski commented, "With the new Volvo S90 we are about to challenge the definition of luxury once again, a feat we achieved with the all-new XC90 when it launched in South Africa in mid-2015. We believe that the S90 range, which comprises petrol and diesel models, all of which are powered by our revered Drive-E engines, brings real value for money to the segment without compromising on quality, or indeed luxury".
The S90 range will comprise of 12 derivatives with three levels including Momentum, Inscription and R-Design. The Volvo S90 will initially be offered with D5 AWD and T5 AWD drivetrains (Momentum and Inscription) while the D4 FWD and T5 FWD will become available in 2017 with the sporty R-Design trim level.
Design and Tech
Just look at it! Essentially the S90 is a sedan version of the XC90 and many design traits, such as the Thor’s Hammer headlights are carried over. While the basic sedan shape is rather generic, the tail lamps are of an intricate and interesting design. The current generation of Volvo interiors are exceptionally smart and the S90 is no different. Dominated by a central iPad-like tablet positioned in the centre of the facia, the S90 offers a minimalistic dashboard, with the majority of functions being controlled through the Sensus infotainment system.
Volvo as a brand is enjoying a proper comeback and is making bold steps into the premium vehicle segments usually dominated by the German Big Three. "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," said Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.
There will be three engines for the Volvo S90. While outputs and economy figures are unavailable at this point, it’s good to see the award-winning four-cylinder, 2.0 liter turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine, the turbocharged T5 variant and the mighty T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid all featuring. Expect all the latest safety features and some semi-autonomous technology in the Volvo S90 as well. Volvo has mentioned the new S90 has Moose Detection Technology, which sounds clever.