At this month’s Detroit Motor Show, Volvo unveiled a new car and a fresh direction, showcasing the 2016 S90, which is expected to triumph in the elite saloon class.
Having won numerous accolades for its premium SUV, the XC90, Volvo is hoping for the new flagship saloon to share its success, with the aim of attaining credibility as a luxury brand in the next few years.
Volvo set a global sales record last year topping 500,000 vehicles, and the Swedish manufacturer has plans to build on this: Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson commented, ‘My belief is by 2020 we shall be a true premium alternative, including pricing and everything that required’. That’s the same year that the brand is aiming to launch automated driving – these are big goals but they are almost certainly achievable.
The S90 is based on Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) just like the XC90 and the two cars also share powertrains, an electronics interface and design language. The top-of-the-range S90 is an all-wheel-drive plug-in-hybrid, the T8 Twin Engine – it’s able to produce 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, although a wide variety of choices are available. The S90 will get the same plug-in hybrid option as the highly regarded XC90, plus Pilot Assist and Volvo’s City Safety system come as standard.
The opulent, uncluttered cabin features a large touchscreen, complete with innovative infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the premium trim boasts a feeling of Scandinavian modernism.
Expected to arrive later this year, you will soon be able to experience the 2016 S90 for yourself. Register your interest with Lancaster to ensure you’re kept informed of the latest news on the flagship saloon, or if an SUV would suit your lifestyle, get in touch to arrange a test drive in the award-winning XC90.