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2017 Volvo S90

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The S90 gets a luxurious cabin
  • Volvo S90
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    254
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    45000 (Est.)
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  • body style:

Volvo first introduced the S90 name in 1996, when it renamed the 960 for certain markets. With Volvo discontinuing the 900 Series midsize in 1998, the 2014 Volvo S80 we know of today rolled in as the replacement for the S90. The S90 also marked the end of an era for Volvo, being the last rear-wheel-drive car wearing the Swedish company’s badge. The S80 continued the S90’s luxurious legacy over the course of two generations. The first series lived between 1998 and 2006, while the second-gen model will be discontinued after nearly a decade on the market. With 2016 just around the corner, Volvo revived the S90 nameplate for a redesigned, more upscale replacement of its range-topping sedan.

Besides taking duties from the S80, the S90 is also set to revolutionize the midsize luxury segment, much like the second-generation XC90 did in the SUV market. The sedan received the hauler’s design language, along with an interior packed with the latest technology and luxury items developed by the Swedes. The overhauled sedan will hit dealerships in the second half of 2016 with an array of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines, as well as a hybrid drivetrain. Find our more about it below.

Updated 03/24/2016: Volvo announced U.S. prices for the new S90 which is now available for order at Volvo retailers nationwide. The company also launched the new "Volvo Concierge" - a personalized online experience that allows customers to purchase the new S90 online. Check the "Prices" section for more details.

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Does the Volvo S90 Ambiance Concept Hint at a Future Where Volvo Takes on Bentley and Rolls-Royce?

Does the Volvo S90 Ambiance Concept Hint at a Future Where Volvo Takes on Bentley and Rolls-Royce?

New theme option adds lights to the S90’s ceiling

Purchased by Geely in 2010, Volvo has made a tremendous comeback to the premium market with the latest-generation XC90, the brand-new S90 sedan, and other smaller vehicles. The company’s previous competitor for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series was far from competitive, but the S90 that Volvo launched under Chinese ownership is surprisingly good. Now, the Swedish brand plans to move the S90 even higher on the luxury market with a range of new features. These were introduced at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show in the S90 Ambiance concept.

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Driven Opinion: How the Lexus GS 200t Compares to the Competition

Driven Opinion: How the Lexus GS 200t Compares to the Competition

How the GS stacks up against the Germans and Americans

This week has seen a 2017 Lexus GS 200t in my driveway, and after some 200 miles of mixed driving around town and down the Interstate, I started thinking about how it compared to another luxury sedan I’ve driven. This won’t be a true apples-to-apples comparison due to the wide variety of engine options and trim levels, however, but we’ll still make the best of it. Grains of salt are generously sprinkled atop the premise of this piece.

So, a little on the Lexus GS 200t. Well, it has the rather desirable F Sport package, meaning it has an upgraded suspension with summer performance tires designed for better handling, it has a more aggressive exterior appearance, and the interior is finished off with deeper bucket seats and some slightly flashier trim work. The F Sport package does not change anything about the engine. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces the same 241 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque as the non-F Sport version. It’s also worth noting that Lexus’ website calls the 2017 GS 200t the GS Turbo and that, for 2018, the car is renamed the GS 300. Read about the name change here.

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The Polestar 1: A Repurposed Volvo Concept from 2013

The Polestar 1: A Repurposed Volvo Concept from 2013

Basking in the disappointment

It hasn’t been a month since Polestar quit being a performance tuner for Volvo and branched off as its own “performance car company.” Now, this is good news for a number of reasons, with the most important being that the company can make its own cars, completely independent of anything Volvo is offering. But, that’s also where the problem arises, as the companies first stand-alone car is expensive and lazy, at best. Word that Polestar was on its own filled me joy. Just thinking about what Polestar, without limitations, could do with its new-found independence was enough to give any self-respecting man a stiffy. Yet, three weeks later and Polestar gives us the biggest disappointment since Michael Jordan’s second comeback.

Of course, auto show season is on the horizon, so I can understand the want to rush the first model out the door in time for SEMA or even the L.A. Auto Show, but this thing is pretty much a two-door Volvo S90. In fact, it’s almost like Volvo was planning a two-door S90, decided to scrap the idea, and the polestar engineer in the next studio over dug through the trash and found the disc with the AutoCAD file on it. Oh, wait… they did…..Volvo called it the 2013 Volvo Concept Coupe…

So, what did Polestar do to make this car their own? Well, let’s go take a look.

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2017 Volvo S90 Inscription – Driven

2017 Volvo S90 Inscription – Driven

Luxury from the land of Sweden

Volvo has been around for 90 years and made some pretty impressive vehicles. I’d dare to say the S90 Inscription has eclipsed them all. Let me back up. Volvo’s new quest for dominance in the luxury segment has yielded two very impressive results – the second-generation XC90 SUV that debuted for the 2015 model year and the new-for-2017 S90 sedan. They both share a number on components, from the T5 and T6 four-cylinder engines to the chassis architecture. Best of all, they both share a similar design style that exudes a sense of reserved affluence.

I recently spent a week with the 2017 Volvo S90 fitted with the range-topping Inscription package and several high-end options. Though the S90 carries a base price in the mid $40,000 range, my tester felt like it cost double that, though somehow it didn’t. A rich interior is key in this positive deception, with padded leather, open pour wood accents, and aluminum trim pieces covering every inch of touchable space inside the cabin. What little plastic remains is high-quality and coated in a piano black finish.

Technology also abounds in this machine. An impressive infotainment system and digital gauge cluster further perpetuate the feeling of luxury and its merger with technology. The T6 powertrain is a marvel of modern internal-combustion engine design. And of course, a slew of active and passive safety systems continue proving Volvo remains a leader in vehicle safety.

So what’s it like to live with the S90? Keep reading for the full details.

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Technical Spotlight: Volvo's T6 Four-Cylinder

Technical Spotlight: Volvo’s T6 Four-Cylinder

It’s both supercharged and turbocharged

Volvo might be best known for safety, but its recent advancements in powertrain technology might compete for recognition. The new T6 four-cylinder is a technological marvel that combines both turbocharging and supercharging to provide a powerful yet fuel efficient engine that pulls like a strong V-6 or mild V-8 while still achieving an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway in the 4,037-pound, AWD luxury sedan known as the S90.

The T6 builds off the foundation laid in the turbocharged T5 four-cylinder, but adds the belt-driven, roots-style supercharger. This is no ordinary blower, though. It uses an electromagnetic clutch within the supercharger’s nose cone that automatically and seamlessly disengages the compressor screws from the belt drive when the engine revs beyond 3,500 rpm. The reason being – superchargers deliver power best at lower engine seeds, but loose grunt higher in the power band. That’s why Volvo employs both a styles of forced induction.

Unlike the supercharger that supplies instant boost down low, the turbocharger works best at higher engine speeds and takes a few milliseconds to make boost. Volvo engineers eliminate any turbo lag by allowing the turbo to begin generating boost at the supercharger is taken offline. The transfer of boost is so seamless the 2.0-liter four-cylinder doesn’t even feel like it employs such whiz-bang witchcraft. It just supplies smooth power at nearly every rpm.

Volvo’s technical specifications say the all-aluminum, direct-injected engine generates 316 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,200 rpm. Variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust ports further help the cause, while more efficiency is squeezed from the T6 thanks to a variable pressure oil pump and electrically driven water pump. Helping keep temperatures in check is a double water jacket design within the cylinder head, allowing more coolant to flow around the ports.

Volvo calls the T6 a “high-feature” engine, but we’d say that’s a gross understatement. Wards Auto thought so too, awarding the T6 with a 10-Best Engine Award for 2016. Volvo S90 customers should note the T6 does require premium fuel, but in the grand scheme, seems like a fair tradeoff for such smooth power in every inch of its 6,500 rpm range. My experience so far has netted a 26.1 mpg combined average, which is above the 25-mpg estimate from the EPA. My tester is estimated to get 22 mpg in town. Not bad; not bad at all.

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The Impeccable Interior of the 2017 Volvo S90

The Impeccable Interior of the 2017 Volvo S90

Volvo rivals the best in luxury car refinements

It might not come as a surprise, but Volvo has been producing some of the finest automotive interiors in the last couple of years. Both the new XC90 SUV and S90 sedan have astoundingly beautiful cabins with the impressive levels of craftsmanship and quality. Well, this week I’ve gotten to experience the S90 Inscription’s interior first hand.

My tester comes decked out with hoards of features and passenger comforts thanks to the optional Inscription package. The Blonde Perforated Nappa Leather seating with charcoal accents throughout the cabin, along with the Linear Walnut wood trim give the Volvo a highbrow, yet not ostentatious feel that’s not often replicated in the industry. What’s more, the impressive fit and finish of the cabin is impeccable. The detailing and tight panel gaps greatly further the feeling of futuristic artisanry. The metallic trim work covering the Bowers & Wilkins premium sound system’s speakers and following the curvature of the Walnut is purely tasteful. It perfectly fits within the dash and door panels as if the entire assembly was machined from a single piece. In reality, the metal piece that spans from the steering wheel to the passenger’s door is a single piece, bent to curve under the infotainment system.

Everything is covered in soft-touch leather, and what isn’t is Walnut or metal. Barely any plastics make it to the driver’s fingertips. The leather along the armrests is padded for extra comfort. And speaking of padding, the front seats are incredibly well designed with adjustable side bolsters, lumbar, and front leg support. Of course, the standard fore and aft, height, and backrest are power-adjustable, as well. All the leather bits are stitched together with the contrasting thread for a savory appearance.

Adding to the air of luxury and refinement are the in-dash electronics. The driver’s gauge cluster is fully digital and allows for personalization of visible information. It also features an analog and digital style speedometer. The head-up display also gives a speed reading. Then there is the center infotainment system. It appears that Volvo simply installed an Apple iPad into the dash. That’s not a bad thing, of course, as the screen boasts a high resolution and responds to all the usual fingertip commands – and with a familiar light touch of an iPad or iPhone. Normally I don’t like HVAC controls included within the infotainment system, but Volvo’s dedicated placement of the dual-zone climate controls across the bottom of the screen makes for a good user experience.

The rear seats aren’t quite Mercedes-Maybach in comfort, but they are close. More than ample legroom lets even NBA-sized folks get comfy. A center armrest provides a padded platform on par with those up front. Manual window shades help keep the sun and paparazzi away from those riding in back.

All told, the 2017 Volvo S90 is incredibly comfortable and outstandingly well put together. This new chapter in Volvo’s illustrious history is sure to be fondly remembered.

Stick around for more on the 2017 Volvo S90 in the days to come.

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2017 Volvo S90 Excellence

2017 Volvo S90 Excellence

Luxury sedan gets a super luxurious interior

Volvo is moving the production of the S90 from Sweden to China with the promise of making the luxury sedan the most “premium car ever made” in the world’s biggest automotive market. It’s a lot to live up to, but Volvo is confident that it’ll work, or at least confident enough to announce a top-of-the-line trim that pretty much includes anything and everything that Volvo has to offer. The model is called the S90 Excellence, and if the name sounds familiar, that’s because the car’s breathtaking interior was already previewed in concept form back in April at the Beijing Motor Show.

It’s not a concept anymore because the S90 Excellence is going to hit the market in 2017. The Chinese market is expected to get first dibs, but since the model is going to be exported all over the world, there’s a possibility that the U.S. and European markets will get theirs too at some point in the future. In the meantime, the S90 Excellence, together with the standard S90, will make its debut at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show later this month.

So what makes the S90 Excellence a major step up in luxury for Volvo? The short answer is “Lounge Console,” which is basically the same interior we saw in Beijing as a concept, only it’s actually set to be used in production form. Care for a rear-seat touch screen control interface, handmade crystal glasses, and a built-in refrigeration compartment? Yep. That’s what you get – and many more – with the Volvo S90 Excellence.

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2020 Volvo S90 Coupe

2020 Volvo S90 Coupe

A premium competitor for the E-Class and 6 Series, likely to arrive in 2019

When Volvo unveiled the gorgeous Concept Coupe in 2013, very few enthusiasts actually thought that the Swedes will turn it into a production car without heavy alterations. Fortunately, most of the concept’s sleek design made it onto the S90 — the sedan that replaced the S80 as Volvo’s flagship model and a competitor for the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Sporty yet elegant and boasting a luxurious interior and powerful, but efficient engines, the S90 brings Volvo into a new era, one during which the brand may actually stand a chance against its premium European competitors.

But what about a coupe? Will Volvo offer a production model similar to the concept car? It turns out it will, with a two-door version of the S90 reportedly to arrive by the end of the decade.

Speaking to Auto Express at the S90’s unveiling event in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo’s senior vice president of design Thomas Ingenlath laid out out the company’s five-year plan, which includes a two-door coupe. However, while the V90 has already arrived, a coupe won’t be launched until Volvo rolls out a new lineup of compacts (S60, V60, XC60), the XC40, and a new all-electric model. All told, the coupe will be pushed back to around 2019, about the same time when the S90 will receive its first facelift.

Granted, the S90 Coupe (possibly the C90) is still a long ways off, but that didn’t stop us from creating a rendering of the production model and speculating upon what it may bring to the table. Keep reading to find out more.

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2017 Volvo S90 R-Design

2017 Volvo S90 R-Design

A sportier alternative no matter the engine

Having struggled for many years to compete with products from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, Volvo has recently switched to a new strategy and came up with a new design language for its models. The results can be seen in the second-generation XC90 and the brand-new S90, which replaced the S80 in the lineup. The new sedan is gorgeous to look at, features never-before-seen luxury on the inside, and uses efficient yet powerful four-cylinder engines.

For the first time, the SUV also received the brand’s R-Design treatment, and Volvo plans to expand the package to other vehicles too. One of them is the new S90, which just got the sporty update in addition to the Polestar Performance Optimization upgrade earlier in 2016. The R-Design package for the S90 is essentially identical to the one seen on the XC90, consisting of a sportier exterior body kit and a handful of unique interior features, but no drivetrain upgrades.

Updated 06/22/2016: Volvo dropped the official details on the S90 R-Design - a version that offers updates to both the exterior and the interior, but comes with no changes under the hood.

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2016 Volvo S90 And V90 With Polestar Performance Optimization Package

2016 Volvo S90 And V90 With Polestar Performance Optimization Package

More power, quicker shifting, and inconspicuous looks

The Volvo S90 was launched in 2016 as a replacement for the aging S80 and revived a nameplate the Swedish brand last used in 1998. The new sedan is not only larger than its predecessor, but also a significant departure in terms of design. The exterior styling is based on the new language introduced with the XC90, while the interior takes the sedan up a couple of steps on the premium ladder, bringing it in line with similar offerings from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. As promised a few years ago, the engine lineup consists only of small-displacement, four-cylinder powerplants. But, while they might not sound as good as Volvo’s old V-8, they deliver a lot of oomph and return impressive fuel economy in most configurations. The V90 is offered in identical specifications, but with a boxier, wagon rear end instead of the sedan’s coupe-like design.

With both the sedan and station wagon already on sale globally, Volvo is busy creating all sorts of versions based on its range-topping, non-SUV model. The most important addition to the lineup will arrive in the form of Polestar-badged vehicles with sportier exteriors and beefed-up drivetrains, but the company wants to bridge the gap with a few models that offer increased performance without the aggressive appearance of a proper Polestar. This strategy isn’t new, but for the new generation of cars, Volvo wants to add more upgrades to the drivetrain and not just a bit more horsepower and torque.

The first warmed-up Volvos are set to arrive in October 2016 and, while details about what they will bring to the table are still scarce, the company has published the first official photos.

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2017 Volvo S90

2017 Volvo S90

Volvo first introduced the S90 name in 1996, when it renamed the 960 for certain markets. With Volvo discontinuing the 900 Series midsize in 1998, the 2014 Volvo S80 we know of today rolled in as the replacement for the S90. The S90 also marked the end of an era for Volvo, being the last rear-wheel-drive car wearing the Swedish company’s badge. The S80 continued the S90’s luxurious legacy over the course of two generations. The first series lived between 1998 and 2006, while the second-gen model will be discontinued after nearly a decade on the market. With 2016 just around the corner, Volvo revived the S90 nameplate for a redesigned, more upscale replacement of its range-topping sedan.

Besides taking duties from the S80, the S90 is also set to revolutionize the midsize luxury segment, much like the second-generation XC90 did in the SUV market. The sedan received the hauler’s design language, along with an interior packed with the latest technology and luxury items developed by the Swedes. The overhauled sedan will hit dealerships in the second half of 2016 with an array of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines, as well as a hybrid drivetrain. Find our more about it below.

Updated 03/24/2016: Volvo announced U.S. prices for the new S90 which is now available for order at Volvo retailers nationwide. The company also launched the new "Volvo Concierge" - a personalized online experience that allows customers to purchase the new S90 online. Check the "Prices" section for more details.

Continue Reading to read more about the upcoming Volvo S90.

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Volvo S90 Will Also Get A Hybrid Version

Volvo S90 Will Also Get A Hybrid Version

Volvo’s grand plans for the S90 in the midsize luxury segment might now include a three-cylinder engine that will be used as part of a hybrid engine. That’s the word coming out of Volvo’s senior vice-president of research and development Peter Mertens, who has suggested the possibility of using a three-cylinder engine on the S90. Such a setup would also include a hybrid powertrain and would be packaged to sit below the existing T8 hybrid variant.

Nothing has been confirmed on that front yet, but the possibility of it happening is opening new possibilities for the S90. Having two hybrid variants, for instance, would create a differentiation between the two, giving customers the opportunity to choose which of the two suits their preferences.

Volvo has already said that the 1.5-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine will be used across a variety of models that will be using Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture platform. That would include the 40 and 60 models. Now, it appears that these three-cylinder turbos would also be compatible with the company’s bigger platform, the Scalable Platform Architecture. That allows models like the S90 and its SUV counterpart, the XC90, to also tap into this engine — either as a stand-alone drivetrain (unlikely) or as part of a hybrid setup (likely).

Martens even confirmed that the company already has a handful of S90 prototypes that are powered by a three-cylinder hybrid drivetrain. That’s a pretty serious indication that the Swedish automaker really is intent on making the S90 as versatile as any model in its segment. If Volvo does decide to green light another hybrid variant for the S90, it would certainly add another layer to the company’s overarching plan of becoming a more prominent player in the market.

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2017 Volvo S90 Spied On The Road for the First Time: Video

2017 Volvo S90 Spied On The Road for the First Time: Video

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.

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Volvo S90 Will Be Inspired By The XC90; Will Take On A6 And 5 Series

Volvo S90 Will Be Inspired By The XC90; Will Take On A6 And 5 Series

It took Volvo nearly 13 years to come up with a redesigned XC90, but we can all agree the Swedes did a tremendous job with the 2016 Volvo XC90. It introduced a new design language that was a massive departure from the previous one, but it also helped Volvo climb a few steps up the luxury ladder, and brought safety and drivetrain technologies to set new standards in the segment. The bigger news here is the XC90 is only the beginning, as Volvo reportedly aims to use the SUV as inspiration for the mid-size sedan that’s set to replace the S80 for the 2017 model year.

As it was reported in the past, the new four-door will be launched under the S90 moniker, which Volvo used briefly between 1996 and 1998. Aimed at premium sedans such as the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, and Jaguar XF, the S90 will borrow styling cues from the XC90, as Volvo wants to build on "the incredible reaction" it had for the SUV back in 2014, Autocar reports. Details as to what styling cues will make it on the sedan are scant, but it’s safe to assume they will include the spectacular "Thor’s Hammer" headlamps, the taller front grille, and the sculpted hood.

Expect the S90 to receive the SUV’s entire lineup of drivetrains, including turbo gasoline and diesels, as well as the T8 hybrid combo rated at 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.

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