Swedish automaker Volvo is busy testing the S80’s successor that has been christened by the folks of the internet as the ‘S90’. While the official name is still under wraps (or may be just S80), the next generation sedan was spotted testing Europe wearing thick camouflage with only the registration plates giving away its Swedish roots. While the pictures reveal very little about the new machine, the S90 will be based on a completely new design language taking cues from the Volvo Concept Coupe and will be the second model based on the company’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which also underpins the new XC90.
The automaker had revealed last year that the Volvo Concept Estate will be the core of other new upcoming cars that will go under production, underpinned by the SPA. Volvo claims that the new modular platform offers better results in protection against worst cases and enhances new features for drivers to avoid accidents. In design, the new S90 will get long vertical slat chrome grille similar to the new XC90 complete with the sharp headlamps with the Thor shaped LED DRLs.
The design will be muscular throughout and the new Volvo S90 will be larger than the outgoing version in terms of dimensions for better road presence. The car will also be roomier than the outgoing S80 that measures 4.85 metres in length, 1.86 metres in width and 1.49 metres in height with a wheelbase of 2.83 metres. The flagship sedan’s interior will have a large Sensus Infotainment display that keeps the number of buttons to a minimum. In terms of quality levels too, the interior will be a notch higher than the XC90.
The Volvo S90 model may be powered by various engine options like the force-fed DriveE 2.0-litre engine lineup from the XC90 with power output ranging from 190 HP on the turbo-diesel D4, 225 BHP on the twin-turbo diesel D5, 254 BHP on the turbocharged petrol T5; 320 BHP turbo and supercharged petrol T6, while the range-topping model will make 400 BHP on the T8 Hybrid. All engine options will come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and will get an optional Haldex AWD system. The S90 is expected to be revealed either at the Detroit Motor Show or at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. The India launch can be expected by the end of next year.
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