Volvo is one of the most dynamic and adaptive car brands of this century. Their target audience are families and businesspeople. These groups are known for their very specific and sophisticated automotive needs. So, adaptation is an absolutely necessary quality for a car manufacturer focusing on these groups to have. Volvo’s latest triumph is the launch of the 2017 Volvo S90, an all new and updated version of the S80. That model was one of their bestselling sedan models and has been on the market since 2006.
Volvo has really upped the ante by smoothing out and redesigning the S90. This transition can best be described as finally leaving the “Ford Mondeo look” behind. This is an issue that many luxury sedans bump into: appearing like the more affordable and therefore omnipresent Ford Mondeo. The Volvo S80 definitely suffered from this, but the 2017 S90 has grown into an elegant and distinguished appearance. A look that is suitable for a mid-size luxury sedan produced by the classic car manufacturer that is Volvo.
The face of the 2017 Volvo S90 will be the most distinct feature of the car. With a large yet suitable grille and T-shaped headlights the front side of the S90 makes a real visual impact. Volvo lovingly named the headlights Thor’s Hammer,” a reference to Scandinavian mythology.
The rear windows have been elongated for a more aerodynamic look. Moreover, the wheelbases are 4.1 inches (10.4 cm) longer than the S80’s, making the car look supersleek. More importantly, this creates more space for the rear seat passengers.
Then finally, the back of the car is completely different from the S80. The taillights are C-shaped and meet on the trunk lid, where the letters that spell Volvo connect them. The trunk lid has furthermore been minimized from excess embellishments. Also, the car’s nameplate has been moved to the back bumper, making the back of the car look clean and elegant. Last of all, the 2017 Volvo S90 has grown up and lost the chrome trims that were a key feature on the S80. Volvo has definitely understood the creed ‘less is more’!
The inside of the car is quite similar to the interior of the XC90, the luxury segment SUV Volvo recently released. The interior is so amazing that Volvo decided that a winning team should not be changed. The dashboard has been lightly adjusted for the sedan by slimming it down and adding some wooden features. All excess buttons have been removed, leaving the car’s interior a fresh and serendipitous place.
The aesthetic success of the S90 interior caused Volvo to carry it over to the cabin and tech lay-out 2017 Volvo V90 estate wagon interior and the interior of Volvo’s best-seller hatchback, the 2017 V40.
Volvo has already revealed that the 2017 S90 will be available choosing from three engine options: T5, T6, and T8. The S90 T5 will have a 240 horse power turbo four cylinder engine, equipped with front wheel drive. The S90 T6 is a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter engine combined with an eight-speed automatic. This improves vehicle fuel economy, comes available with all wheel drive and can gain up to 316 horsepower.
The true cream of the crop is the S90 T8 Twin Engine. This is an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid. The T8 comes with an amazing three choices of engine settings, which practically means the S90 T8-driver gets three cars in one!
Engine setting Pure is for driving on the electric motor only. The electric motor can reach speeds up to 75 mph (120 kmh) and electric range of up to 31 miles (50 km). Engine setting Hybrid can be used when one wants to switch among the fuel engine, electric power or a combination. Engine setting Power is specially designed to combine the fuel engine and the electric motor. This enables the car to produce a magnificent amount of 400 horsepower.
European drivers have an even more expansive range of choice for the S90, also being able to choose the diesel powered Volvo S90 D4 or D5. The D4 can reach 190 horsepower and the D5 225.
Even the high-tech 279 HP 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class can’t compete with the modern Volvo engines on the S90.
The 2017 Volvo S90 comes with a splendid amount of technical options, added to suit the personal comfort of the driver and more importantly, to improve traffic safety. Volvo has adopted an idealistic program called Volvo’s Vision 2020, which aspires that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020, using intelligent safety technologies and highly advanced semi-autonomous features.
One of these safety technologies that is a standardized option on the S90 is Pilot Assist. This option makes sure the car doesn’t move out of the lane when driving on roads and highways with a speed up to 50 mph (130 kmh). S90 Pilot Assist even works when there is no car in front to lock on to, since it solely uses the lane markings as guidance instead of following a vehicle.
Another standard safety feature on the S90 is the Volvo exclusive City Safety system, which warns the driver and automatically brakes when a forward collision may occur, with either another vehicle or large animals, pedestrians and cyclists. This option works only when driving at a low speed, and is most functional when one is repeatedly stopping and driving, since in these situations drivers are not always fully alert. This option improves not only traffic safety, but also prevents small damages to own and other’s vehicles, which are very costly all the same.
The S90 comes equipped with airbags for four people, two in front and two in the back.
The standard 2017 Volvo S90 is also equipped with a rather large touch screen in the middle of the car’s dashboard, right in between the air vents, and its software includes a navigation app, Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
More details for the 2017 S90 tech specifications will be released by Volvo in due time, check back with us for updates.
UPDATED: September 15, 2016
Price and sale date
Prices for the 2017 Volvo S90 start at $47,000. The S90 has gone on sale.