Set to join the XC90 SUV at the top of the Volvo heap later this year are two new models, an S90 sedan and a V90 wagon. The S90 has already been revealed ahead of its debut next week at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. Now we have another look at the V90.
The premium, mid-size wagon was previously revealed in scale model form but now we have the real deal thanks to some leaked shots on Swedish website Teknikens Värld. The car is expected on the market this fall, as a 2017 model, though we’ll likely see an official reveal much soon than that. A debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in early March is likely.
The V90 is essentially an S90 wagon under a different name. It's 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 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid consisting of a supercharged and turbocharged 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 somewhat tacky 'Thor’s Hammer' daytime running lights as well as waterfall-style tail-lights.
The V90 replaces the aging V70 in Volvo’s lineup. Though it’s yet to be confirmed, we're likely to see a V90 Cross Country soft-roader at some point. Key rivals will include cars 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. Also in the works are SPA-based replacements for the S60, V60 and XC60 models. It’s expected that some of these small models will be produced at Volvo's new plant under construction in South Carolina.