Set to join the XC90 SUV at the top of the Volvo heap next year will be two new models, an S90 sedan and a V90 wagon. The S90 has already been spotted, both as a camouflaged prototype and as a completely undisguised scale model. Now we have our first look at the V90, which like the S90 has also been revealed in scale model form.
Photos of the scale model were first posted to Chinese website Autohome and reveal the new V90 from most angles. The handsome wagon is expected on the market next fall, as a 2017 model, though we’ll likely see an official reveal much soon than that. Volvo’s next all-new model due for a reveal, however, will be the S90 later this year. The reveal of the V90 should follow shortly after.
The V90 is essentially an S90 wagon under a different name. It is based on the SPA platform common to the XC90 and should feature a similar powertrain lineup. That means the most potent offering should be a ‘Twin Engine’ plug-in hybrid setup consisting of a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine at the front axle and an electric motor at the rear. Peak power should register at 400 horsepower. An eight-speed auto will feature across the range.
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Volvo first hinted at the V90 when it showed a stunning shooting brake concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, called the Concept Estate. It’s clear the V90’s styling has been influenced by the original concept. Specific elements borrowed from the concept include the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ daytime running lights and the C-shaped tail-lights.
The V90 replaces the aging V70 in Volvo’s lineup. Though it’s yet to be confirmed, we may see a V90 Cross Country soft-roader at some point. Key rivals will be upmarket mid-size wagons like the Audi A6 Avant, BMW 5-Series Touring and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon.
Volvo still has some busy years ahead of it. Starting in 2017, the automaker will roll out a new generation of compact cars based on a new CMA modular platform developed with parent company Geely. These will likely include an S40, V40 and XC40. And in 2018, Volvo will start replacing its current S60, V60 and XC60 models with new versions based on the SPA platform. It’s expected that some of these small models will be produced at the automaker’s new plant under construction in South Carolina.