If you’ve been following us lately, you probably know about Volvo’s plans to rename its flagship S80 sedan the S90 when the next-generation model arrives. By reviving a name that it used between 1996 and 1998, the Swedes aim to align the sedan with the recently launched XC90 SUV, from which the S90 will borrow most of its styling cues.

Although we won’t see the fifth-gen executive car until 2016, when it will be unveiled for the 2017 model year, the S90 is already in development, and as this video posted by the folks over at Auto Week shows, it’s already being tested on public roads. The S90’s first public appearance took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Moving past the fact that Amsterdam is a rather unusual setting for a test car, the prototype provides no details as to what to expect from the S90, as the entire body is covered in a very thick layer of camouflage. Not a single body feature can be distinguished here, except for the multi-spoke wheels.

Guess we’ll have to wait a few months until Volvo removes what looks like body armor rather than standard camouflage.

Once the camo is off, expect to see a sleeker sedan designed as a more stylish interpretation of the XC90, including a similar front fascia equipped with the "Thor’s Hammer" headlamps. Keep it locked here for more info. We’ll be back as soon as we have it.

2017 Volvo S90

2013 Volvo Concept Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Volvo is hard at work on the S90, will it look like this concept?

Find out more about the upcoming Volvo S90 in our speculative review here.

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