The 2015 Volvo Xc90 is one of the first brand-new models to initiate Volvo’s transition into its next generation of cars. The next model due for replacement is the S80 sedan while gaining an extra 10 to make the S90. We’re not sure exactly what those extra 10 are, but I digress…
The S90 may sound familiar because it was the last version of the 960 sedan, making it also Volvo’s last ever rear-wheel drive model. The new S90 on the other hand moves the model up market to better compete with the likes of the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Audi A6, and so on. So while the S80 and the future S90 might be the most prestigious sedan of the lineup, it still refrains from being a competitor to the full-size big dogs from the rest of Europe and Japan.
Click here for our review of the 2014 Volvo S80 T6 Inscription.
What’s it going to look like? Well, you could look at the ’15 XC90 for an idea and much like Volvo’s current models, “soft curves and a distinctive front end” should help separate the S90 from the rest of the midsize luxury hodgepodge. This includes the XC90’s T-shaped LED headlights and the very upright and metallic front grille. The interior also gets inspiration from the new XC90 with lots of leather, wood trim and metallic complements. There was no indication of the XC90’s Orrefors-sourced crystal shifter making its way in the S90, however.
Either way, the S90 is being designed from the ground up on the same same SPA platform as the XC90. That said, it wouldn’t be uncouth to expect the same line of four-cylinder engines to carry over from the XC90.
– By: Chris Chin