When you think of Volvo, you think of safety and not luxury. That’s really been the case for years and the Swedish automaker doesn’t mind that one bit, but what if the comfortable safety machine was something more than that. This is the 2017 Volvo S90, Volvo’s first Luxury sedan set to rival the likes of the Audi A6, the Mercedes Benz E-Class, the BMW 5 Series, the Lexus GS and the Jaguar XF.
Volvo has the incredible (SPA) Scalable Product Architecture platform which the 2017 Volvo S90 is built on – the same one found in the Volvo XC90. This platform allows Volvo to use the same manufacturing processes on different wheelbases and have the vehicles share many components to save time and money. The rear suspension features multi-link axle with a single transverse composite spring while the front has traditional control arms and springs. Air suspension will be available as on option for the rear axle only.
In order for the 2017 Volvo S90 to be luxurious it had to look the part too. According to Volvo senior director Tisha Johnson “Luxury starts with proportion” thus the S90 has an exaggerated long hood – The S90 is significantly longer than the older S80 with the front axle pushed forward 7 inches. Looking like an A8 long sedan, but underneath the hood you would find a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine transversely mounted.
The 2017 Volvo S90 measures in at 74 inches (width), 56.8 inches (height) and 195.4 inches (length). It’s low, wide and long. The S90 has a beautiful coupe like profile that takes inspiration from luxurious proportions with a stretched greenhouse that visually reduces the height of the roof thanks to the B Pillar placement.
Let’s talk about design. The front end is quite sculpted and unique to Volvo’s design language paying homage to the 1972 Volvo P1800 but the rear end is quite frankly messy and ugly with an over extended tail light housing that should have been cut in half and a small rear bumper that reduces visual impact.
There will be two versions of the 2017 Volvo S90 with two trim levels for each version going on sale this year in the United States. The 2017 Volvo S90 T6 AWD version features a supercharged 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine that can produce 316 hp while the 2017 Volvo S90 T5 will get a turbocharged version of the same engine producing only 250 hp and powering the front wheels only.
The 2017 Volvo S90 T8 is the hybrid version and that can spew a respectable 400 hp thanks to the addition of the 87-hp electric motor powering the rear wheels while the T6 engine powers the front wheels. Then there is the entry level S90 T5 which will go on sale for just $48,000 with an optional T6 powertrain upgrade that will run you an extra $6,000. Wind and tire noise are said to be very low with a drag efficiency of just 0.30 one would expect a subtle comfortable ride.
Other options for both the T5 and T6 models are available to increase interior luxury which come via an “Inscription trim level” extra for $3,500 – That gets you hand stitched leather on the instrument panel, Nappa leather seats, four-zone climate control, linear walnut inlays and 19 inch alloys. Although one might expect a Super/turbocharged V6 or even a V8 under the hood of a luxury sedan like you would see in a German equivalent. Volvo only offers 4 cylinders but claims to have a pinned a 0-60 mph time of just 5.7 seconds which seems adequate.