Volvo S90 – NAIAS Launch

The NAIAS, North American International Auto Show, in Detroit is just kicking off and Volvo has decided that it would be the place it would launch is new premium saloon, the S90. Due to hit Ireland next year, Volvo aims the S90 at rivals like the Mercedes E-Class, Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series. Volvo has been known for making large, boxy, luxury saloons in the past. Take the 740 for example.

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Although the S90 is far from boxy. Starting in 2015 with XC90, Volvo is giving its line-up a whole new look. Volvo says that the S90s face pays homage to the P1800 and that the “T-Shaped Thor’s Hammer ” lights give it an aggressive look. It certainly does look well from the pictures we’ve seen and the XC90 definitely did not disappoint. But, we shall hold off all judgement until we see it in the flesh.

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It is said that the S90s interior takes after the success of the XC90s with a dashboard and instrument panel  inspired by it.

“We created our new flagship sedan, the Volvo S90, as a real game changer. It is classy and cool. The exterior is exceptionally well surfaced with a fantastic stance and the sort of clean lines that are singularly appropriate of a Scandinavian design. The interior masters the art of blending innovative technology and natural materials into an elegant, welcoming and tasteful ambience, Swedishness at its best,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design at Volvo Car Group.

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The S90 offers semi-autonomous drive as standard. This includes  Adaptive Cruise Control and Distance Alert and the advanced semi-autonomous drive feature, Pilot Assist. The Pilot Assist helps with steering by keeping it in lane at up to speeds of 130km/h. Volvo says that this is another step closer to full autonomous drive, which is a huge innovation in itself.

The S90 will be offered with the plug-in hybrid T8 engine that is also available in the XC90. This engine produces 410 hp and around 640Nm of torque with the help both petrol and electric motors.

The S90 also introduces a world first function to City Safety – large animal detection – a feature capable of detecting large animals such as large deer, horses or moose/elk, night or day. This won’t be necessary in Ireland but hopefully it will warn you of loose sheep or cows on the road, eh?

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