Volvo UK have confirmed the price and specification for the new S90 and V90 which are now available to order with on-the-road prices starting at £32,555 for the S90 saloon and £34,555 for the V90 estate. That’s between £1-3k difference between the S90 and V90’s main rival, the Mercedes E Class. Volvo has radically altered the both the saloon and estate models both of which are built on a all-new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform.
The signature T-shaped LED headlights, which represents Thor’s hammer, are designed to make S90 and V90 instantly recognisable say Volvo.
Both models will initially be available with a choice of two 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engines – the tax-efficient D4 and a more powerful and “refined” D5 PowerPulse.
Volvo will initially offer two trim levels, Momentum and Inscription. Don’t be surprised to see a flagship Polestar version in the next year or so.
The front-wheel-drive 190 hp D4 comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and offers combined fuel consumption of 64.2 mpg and CO2 emissions of just 116 g/km in the S90. In the V90, these figures are 62.8 mpg and 119 g/km.
The 235 hp D5 utilises an innovative technology called PowerPulse to boost responsiveness. This uses compressed air, which is stored in a tank in the engine bay and refilled automatically, to spool up the turbo at low revs.
PowerPulse is designed to overcome turbo lagand the D5 PowerPulse comes with all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is also standard.
Every version of the S90 and V90 is luxuriously equipped. The standard entry-level Momentum trim features leather upholstery, LED headlights with active high beam, two-zone climate control with ‘CleanZone’ air-filtration system, keyless engine starting and heated front seats.
Volvo’s Sensus 9-inch infotainment system is also standard and houses satellite navigation (including lifetime annual map updates), voice-control and access to the internet and a range of cloud-based apps such as TuneIn, Stitcher and Yelp.
The S90 gets a powered bootlid, too, while the V90 benefits from a powered tailgate.
Pilot Assist, Volvo’s innovative semi-autonomous drive feature, is standard on every S90 and V90. It automatically keeps you at a set speed or distance from the vehicle in front, braking and accelerating with the flow of traffic, and gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car within lane markings at motorway speeds up to 80 mph. Unlike previous versions of the system, it no longer needs to follow another car. Pilot Assist is an introduction to a fully autonomous driving future.
The latest version of City Safety is also fitted to every S90 and V90. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and the world-first application of large-animal detection.
The Inscription trim adds Nappa soft leather upholstery, powered front seats, a 12.3” active TFT driver’s information display (Momentum cars get an 8” version), 18” diamond-cut/silver alloy wheels, keyless entry and handsfree boot/tailgate opening and closing. Additional premium touches include walnut interior inlays, rear footwell and side step illumination, and chrome exterior details.
The optional Xenium package is available across the range and adds a powered tilt and slide glass sunroof (panoramic in the V90), a parking camera system with 360o surround view, and Park Assist Pilot, which includes automatic parallel and 90o parking.
Also available is a Bowers and Wilkins premium sound system, which offers no less than 18 speakers and an output of 1,400W.
Both models are available to order now, with the first S90 customer deliveries expected in September and the first V90s in October.