With the 2016 Volvo XC90, the first model based on Volvo's modular SPA platform, now in showrooms all across the country, attention turns to the next SPA model in the works, a new flagship sedan reviving the S90 nameplate. The car will replace the aging S80 in Volvo’s lineup and should make its debut soon, before eventually arriving on the market sometime next year as a 2017 model.
We don’t have to wait too long to see its design, though, as photos depicting a scale model version have hit the web on multiple occasions. These latest photos were posted on the website Car News China and reveal most of the design of the new S90's exterior and even some of its interior. We also have our own spy shots of prototypes spotted in the wild.
The look is reminiscent of the sleek Concept Coupe from the 2013 thanks to elements like the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ daytime running lights integrated with the headlights, as well as the C-shaped tail-lights. It's a handsome look and should help the car combat rival luxury mid-size sedans like the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series. We can’t see much of the interior but the layout and materials should be similar to what you find in the XC90.
Most of the mechanicals will also be shared with the XC90, including powertrains. For the United States, that means T6 and T8 variants, the latter coming with a plug-in hybrid setup delivering 400 horsepower. The T6 should be good for 316 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be fitted across the range.
The new XC90 and S90 are just the first steps in Volvo’s plans to overhaul most of its lineup with SPA-based models over the coming years. Look for new versions of the S60, V60 and XC60 as well as a V90 model replacing the current V70/XC70. Volvo will then introduce a range of new compact cars using a second modular platform, the CMA, being developed with parent company Geely.