2017 Volvo S90 Interior

 

2017 Volvo S90 Interior

The 2016 Volvo XC90 recently hit the market, and many have commended the vehicle for its many positive attributes. Of course, there are others who instantly switched their focus to the brand’s next SPA-based model: the S90. Intended to be released as a 2017 model, the vehicle will be a revival of the mid-1990s S90 nameplate (as well as a replacement for the retiring S90). In anticipation of the vehicle’s upcoming North America debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the brand has slowly been teasing various aspects of the vehicle in short videos. The latest info we’ve gotten is in regards to the S90’s interior.

Continue reading to learn more about the S90’s interior, additional details on the vehicle, and the brand’s willingness to evolve and transform. When you’re finished, we’re sure you’ll be itching to head down to a New Jersey Volvo dealer…

While many writers and consumers have been focused on the Volvo XC90‘s luxurious interior, the brand’s recent tease of the 2017 S90 sedan (titled “Dreams Become Real: Inside the New Volvo S90”) has completely blown the current vehicle out of the water. Sure, there are plenty of features and amenities that the recently-release vehicle shares with the upcoming car. There’s a large nine-inch infotainment system which will presumably feature some combination of satellite radio, a navigation application, and phone integration capabilities. However, the S90 will separate itself from the pack due to the inclusion of “Scandinavian design” elements. Viknesh Vijayenthiran of Motor Authority also notes the inclusion of “real metal and wood panels.” Stefan Ogbac of Motor Trend focuses on the “redesigned seats” that were first featured in the XC90, the mini rear touchscreen that allowed passengers to manipulate the climate controls, and the Bower and Wilkins premium audio system.

“With $11 USD billion of investment over the past five years we have not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be – we are now delivering on our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand,” said Håkan Samuelsson, the President and CEO of Volvo Car Group (via a Volvo press release).

The brand also recently announced that the S90 would feature semi-autonomous driving, a capability that won’t cost customers extra money (making Volvo the first company to offer standard self-driving technology). The vehicle will be shipped with the new Pilot Assist software. As Mike Ramsey of the Wall Street Journal writes, the system will allow the vehicle to control the “steering, braking and acceleration up to 80 mph on roads with clear lane markings.” This is an improvement over the technology found in the S90, which only controls the vehicle up to 30 miles per hour. Volvo has already been ahead of the curve in regards to this technology, as they’ll also be the first brand to include the “Nvidia Corp. car-based super computer” on their vehicles.

“Making semi-autonomous features standard in the S90 symbolizes Volvo’s commitment to autonomous driving and our Vision 2020,” said Volvo Cars of North America CEO Lex Kerssemakers (via Andrew Krok of CNet.com).

Potential buyers also got a look at the vehicle’s exterior in previously-released videos. The S90 will feature “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights (borrowed from the XC90 and Concept Coupe) and a new taillight design (modified to meet the vehicle regulations). Rahul Raman of AutomoBlog.net also points out the “well-proportioned look” along the side and the “clean, elegant design.”

“Our idea was to bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior. On the inside we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo Car Group’s Senior Vice President of Design.

The vehicle will come with three four-cylinder powertrain options. The base engine, available in the T5 trim, is the turbocharged 2.0-liter, inline-four, which is capable of pumping out 250 horses and 258 pounds-feet of torque. Upgrade to the T6 and you’ll get the turbo-and-supercharged 2.0-liter I4, delivering 316 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. Finally, the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid model will come with the twin-charged 2.0-liter I4, but with an electric motor bringing combined output to a whopping 400 horsepower and 472 pounds-feet of torque.

That’s not it for features. The S90 will also include some innovative safety features, like the large animal detection technology. If you drive in a rather rural area, you may be used to avoiding large animals. With the help of the detection system and the accompanying intuitive warning and brake support, you’ll never have to worry about colliding with a bear or moose. Furthermore, the vehicle was developed with a “highly advanced chassis simulator,” which will certainly play a role in Volvo’s excellent safety scores.

“The S90 has taken a big step forward in terms of driving dynamics, performance and ride. We have completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control and comfort,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, the Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Volvo Car Group.

There’s no denying that anticipation for the upcoming S90 is through the roof, and for good reason. The vehicle will reportedly build on the many positive elements of the recent XC90, resulting in quite the high hopes for the nameplate.

“The S90 is a terrific addition to the Volvo Cars lineup in the United States,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, “it will continue the terrific sales momentum Volvo Cars has gained within the last year.”

Set to make its North America debut next month, we’ll have to wait at least half a year before the vehicle is ready for deliveries. In the meantime, we’ll just have to take in as much information as we possibly can as we eagerly await the release!


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