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Volvo jumps on the wagon bandwagon with V90

Volvo’s flagship line also includes the S90 luxury sedan and XC90 SUV

Joe Duarte
Published: February 18, 2016, 5:30 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 12:56 PM

Volvo V90

Volvo is jumping the gun on the wagon lovefest at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, with the early introduction of the eagerly awaited V90 full-sized 5-door.

The V90 joins Volvo’s flagship line that also includes the recently introduced S90 luxury sedan and the XC90 luxury sport utility vehicle. All three are built on the company’s fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

Volvo V90

The company has a long lineage of wagons, dating back six decades to the Duett, and although it maintains the classic wagon profile, the V90 takes the bodystyle a step forward in terms of aesthetics, materials and finish, claims Volvo.

“We have a very strong position in the wagon segment,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “In many people’s minds we are known as the definitive wagon brand. While the Volvo brand today stands for more than wagons, we are proud to carry forward this rich heritage.”

“The modern luxury wagon is all about the intriguing combination of a luxurious experience with the functional origins of the wagon silhouette,” adds Thomas Ingenlath senior vice president for design at Volvo Cars. “The sophisticated ambience of our new Volvo interiors is combined with a great cargo space, providing the right kind of functionality — whether through connectivity or cargo and storage solutions.”

One of the V90’s new features is the capability for semi-autonomous driving (Pilot Assist), in addition to the Volvo signature suite of safety technologies, including large animal detection and run-off road mitigation. And, of course, modern standards such as connectivity with apps such as Apple CarPlay are also included.

Not much has been finalized about the car, including engine choices, though the images show a T6 designation on the rear hatch, which when applied to the XC90 indicates the 316-hp 2.0-litre supercharged and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The V90 is expected to follow the same trim and engine choices as its stablemates.

Volvo has also announced a T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid that will reportedly deliver a combined 400 hp while allowing the car to travel up to 50 km on electric power alone. It is not yet known if that powertrain will make across the Atlantic.

More details will become available as the car nears its expected Canadian launch in 2017.