Volvo’s all new 2016 S90 was scheduled to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but Volvo has released photos and details ahead of the planned debut. Although Volvo is better known for SUVs and station wagons, this model falls into the larger sedan category.
The all new semi-autonomous drive system puts it ahead of its rivals such as the BMW 5-series, the Mercedes E-class, and the Audi A6. The drive system can control steering inputs at speeds of up to 80 mph, and “large animal detection” was added to the city safety system to warn the driver of impending collisions, and it can even apply the brakes in these situations.
While the new S90 is not completely self-driving, it is making moves in that direction. The interior of the S90 delivers the ultimate feelings of luxury to offer both the driver and passengers extreme comfort while the vehicle does most of the work. A large touchscreen tablet is featured on the dash, allowing control of the car’s infotainment system. Volvo claims this will be the ‘most connected’ system yet.
However, Volvo did not look past the mechanics while creating a luxurious and entertaining interior. The Swedish manufacturer confirmed that its new T8 twin-engine plug-in hybrid powertrain will be available. This powertrain develops 395bhp in the XC90 with a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds and a combined fuel economy figure of 112.9 mpg. The S90’s sleeker body will do nothing in the way of hindering those figures.
“The S90 has taken a big stride forward in terms of driving dynamics, performance, and ride,” said Volvo’s Senior Vice President of research and development, Dr. Peter Mertens. “We have completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control, and comfort.”
The all new S90 sedan will make its first public appearance at the Detroit Auto Show in January as planned and is expected to go on sale in the UK this summer.