Volvo returned this year with their not so new V90. The car was on the market in 1998 for two years before it got discontinued. For the 2017 model year it is now back in the spotlight to serve as Volvo’s flagship car. An especially wise choice from Volvo, since their wagon type vehicles are one of the most iconic car models in modern automotive history. After all, they have been producing wagons since 1953. The 2017 Volvo V90 is a welcome addition to this list.
The V90 shares its chassis with the semi-autonomous 2017 Volvo S90 sedan and the XC90 SUV, the Scaleable Production Architecture platform. It also shares most of the engine options and interior design detailing. Another good decision by Volvo, they now have another addition to their highly luxurious model line.
Finally, the 2017 Volvo V90 has been confirmed to travel overseas to the United States in 2017. This will make it the first wagon in many years that will be sold in the States. Of course, the Volvo V60 Cross Country is still on the market there, but that one is more a crossover.
Since Volvo follows a specific design language with their latest models, there was a good guess in how the 2017 Volvo V90 would look when the S90 was revealed. It does, at least the part between the front and rear wheels, and also borrows some features from the XC90. The nose is obviously longer than the S90 and XC90, so that makes the V90 look more distinctive.
The rear also features many styling cues seen on the XC90. One of those is Volvo’s traditional taillights that run vertically upwards right next to the trunk lid. The XC90 was the first that sported the reshaped, more angular taillights.
Apart from these recognizable Volvo designing cues, the 2017 Volvo V90 definitely leaves its predecessor, the Volvo V70, behind. When comparing these wagons, it’s clear that the V90 looks sharper. Especially the rear of the V70 is quite box-like. Volvo altered this by puffing out the rear and adding a diagonal rear window. A nice detail is that the side window closest to the rear is diagonally shaped, which complements the slanted rear.
The interior design of the 2017 Volvo V90 is exactly the same as the S90’s. That means you get the same centre console and wooden inserts on the dashboard and door panels. This colour combines especially well with the lovely light grey seat and steering wheel leather wrapping. Amber beige and black leather are also available.
The large 9 inch touch screen is surrounded by two vertical air vents, a distinctive styling cue from the S90. The remaining centre console is very minimalistic, due to the removal of excess buttons and replacing to the steering wheel.
Since the S90’s interior stunned everyone with how luxurious and comfortable it looked and felt, carrying it over to the V90 is only logical. This also makes the 2017 Volvo V90 one of the most luxurious interior wagons out there, especially in the USA. Funny enough, the V90’s most present rival has a very similar luxurious interior, the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan.
Optional on the Volvo V90, and every 90 model, is a Bowers & Wilkins sound system. A class-D amplifier and 19 speakers are positioned throughout the cabin. This includes a wireless Bowers & Wilkins headphone to enjoy high-quality music at the place of destination as well.
As stated before, the 2017 Volvo V90 has almost exactly the same engine options as the S90. This means that the lowest trim only has diesel options in Europe. The two higher trims, the V90 Inscription and Momentum, have gasoline options as well.
There’s the turbocharged T5 gasoline engine with 254 hp and an eight speed automatic transmission. Also, there’s a turbo- and supercharged T6 engine that makes 320 hp, an eight speed automatic transmission and All Wheel Drive.
The D3 diesel engine makes 150 hp and comes with either a six speed manual or automatic transmission. The D4 makes 190 hp and comes with either a six speed manual or eight speed automatic transmission. For this engine All Wheel Drive is available too. Then there is the D5 235 horsepower engine, with an eight speed automatic transmission and All Wheel Drive.
Finally, the V90 will become available as a hybrid in due time after the launch too. This T8 engine makes use of a 2.0 liter turbocharged and supercharged four cylinder engine, combined with a 60 kW electric motor. Total hp is a stunning 400! An automatic and manual transmission are available.
For the US we expect to see the same gasoline engine options as the S90 has. That means a T5 Front Wheel Drive with 250 hp and an automatic transmission and a T6 Drive-E engine with All Wheel Drive, 316 hp and automatic transmission. The hybrid engine will also be shipped to the States.
The 2017 Volvo V90 comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Sensus for operating the infotainment touch screen.
Standard tech and safety features are: a speed limiter, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigation Support in the front. Furthermore there’s lane Keeping Assist, a rain sensor, Emergency Brake Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and Pilot Assist. Pilot Assist turns the car into a semi-autonomous vehicle, since it brakes, steers and accelerates to follow the traffic in the current lane. A more than perfect feature for people who are often stuck in traffic. The braking, slowly accelerating and braking again repetitively is very dull and results in people not paying attention well enough.
As you can see from this list, many safety features come standard on the V90 (and S90). With this Volvo is one of the first automobile manufacturers to put these features as standard on their vehicles.
Finally, there is a whole list of optional features as well. Think of: Cross Traffic Alert, Distance Alert, Blind Spot Information, Park Assist Pilot, Rear Collision Warning and a 360-degree camera.
Price and sale date
European prices for the 2017 Volvo V90 start at €45,800 for the lowest trim and €56,100 for the highest trim (German prices). It is available for ordering since this summer and will be delivered in 2017.
The USA will receive this vehicle somewhere in 2017 and it will be marketed as a 2018 model. Expected price for the lowest trim is just below $50,000. The highest trim may start at around $60,000, but this is an estimation. North-American competition can be found in the future 2018 Buick Regal estate wagon, with an upscale exterior and interior, also in the same price range.