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The Volvo V90 returns after nearly two decades

Discontinued in 1998 after only two years on the market, the V90 returned as Volvo’s flagship wagon in 2016. The new V90 is built on Volvo’s new Scaleable Production Architecture platform, which already underpins the XC90 SUV and the S90. As a result, the wagon also uses the same drivetrains as the S90, which in turn borrowed them from the XC90.

Likewise, the V90 features the same design language as the sedan and gets a similar interior, which makes it one of the most luxurious grocery getters on the market. Of course, the wagon received a redesigned rear end and a more practical interior with enhanced luggage space, but the sedan’s premium features and state-of-the-art technology are still there.

More good news comes from the availability department, as Volvo confirmed that the V90 will be sold in the United States too. Unveiled on North American soil at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the V90 became Volvo’s first wagon in the U.S. in many years. Although the brand still offers the V60 on these shores, the V90 comes in Cross Country spec with a more rugged, crossover-like appearance.

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2017 Volvo V90

2017 Volvo V90

The Volvo V90 returns after nearly two decades

Discontinued in 1998 after only two years on the market, the V90 returned as Volvo’s flagship wagon in 2016. The new V90 is built on Volvo’s new Scaleable Production Architecture platform, which already underpins the XC90 SUV and the S90. As a result, the wagon also uses the same drivetrains as the S90, which in turn borrowed them from the XC90.

Likewise, the V90 features the same design language as the sedan and gets a similar interior, which makes it one of the most luxurious grocery getters on the market. Of course, the wagon received a redesigned rear end and a more practical interior with enhanced luggage space, but the sedan’s premium features and state-of-the-art technology are still there.

More good news comes from the availability department, as Volvo confirmed that the V90 will be sold in the United States too. Unveiled on North American soil at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, the V90 became Volvo’s first wagon in the U.S. in many years. Although the brand still offers the V60 on these shores, the V90 comes in Cross Country spec with a more rugged, crossover-like appearance.

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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country By Polestar

2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country By Polestar

Volvo’s wagon softroader gets a performance bump

Volvo has been making Cross Country style wagons for nearly two decades now, with the latest iteration dropping earlier this year in the form of a beefed-up V90. The formula is designed to offer an alternative to the ever-popular crossover body style, matching a high-rider stance, rugged body panels, AWD handling and grip, and plenty of luxury and tech with a spacious cabin. Now, Volvo has handed the keys over to Polestar, the Swedish brand’s dedicated performance division and racing team. Polestar has already had a crack at upgrading the new V90, blessing the five-door with a sharper throttle, quicker shifts, and a more potent engine. Rather than transforming the model into a full-blown sports car, Polestar says it “optimized” what was already there, and now, it’s doing the same thing to the V90 Cross Country softroader.

The result appears to be a nice blend of performance chops and rugged capability, all in a comfortable, wagon-fashion package. Like the optimized V90 that came before, the V90 Cross Country by Polestar sees upgrades to its throttle response, shift times, and engine output, adding just a little extra where it counts if you happen to have that performance mindset.

“Our product provides performance-oriented customers with a new level of driving pleasure,” says Niels Moller, Chief Operating Officer at Polestar. Most recently, we’ve seen Polestar’d variants of the S90 sedan and XC90, not to mention the non-cross-country V90, and this new tuned-up crossover killer looks to expand the line even further.

Intrigued? Read on for the details.

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2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country

2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country

A Swedish soft-roader crossover substitute

Volvo has been very busy lately sprucing up the top of its product lineup. So far, we’ve seen the next-generation XC90 crossover, S90 sedan, and V90 wagon, all released in relatively quick succession. Now, Volvo has unveiled the final model in the 90 Series lineup – the V90 Cross Country. The first Cross Country was introduced roughly two decades ago, with the latest version offering up “all-road, all-weather” capability with a well-polished, luxury-oriented demeanor. It’s the kind of combo you’d expect from a crossover, but the V90 Cross Country takes a different approach, maintaining the extended roofline and opulent interior of the regular V90 wagon, all while adding a taller stance, tough exterior body cladding, and loads of AWD grip.

As a replacement for the outgoing XC70, the V90 Cross Country is one of the very few models out there with a wagon body style. That should help its general appeal amongst those who find the SUV-style status quo not to their liking, but can the V90 Cross Country truly live up to its living-room-off-roader image?

Updated 09/16/2016: Volvo dropped the official details on the new V90 Cross Country.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Premium Wagons – 2017 Edition

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Premium Wagons – 2017 Edition

Polished, practical, and maybe even a little sexy

At this point, it should be more than obvious that if you want a car with utility and space for at least five people, but don’t wanna join the crowd of crossovers you see crammed onto the roads, your best option is to get your hands on a wagon. Once a steadfast bastion of the practical, wagons have seen a sharp decline in popularity over the last few decades, the result of an all-out assault from the tall-bodied insanity of the current SUV craze. But fear not – the wagon hasn’t gone gently into that good night, at least not yet, and we’ve assembled five top-shelf options right here for your perusal and approval.

Rather than limiting ourselves to what’s currently available, we decided to look ahead in anticipation of what’ll be in dealers in the next year or so, including both existing offerings and those that have yet to be released. As it turns out, there are a few very strong entries barreling down the pipeline right now, which means buyers will have a nice selection of premium wagons when shopping in 2017.

So what’s topping the menu? Read on to find out.

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Swank Wagon Tech Showdown – Mercedes E-Class vs. Volvo V90

Swank Wagon Tech Showdown – Mercedes E-Class vs. Volvo V90

Luxury-laden, cutting-edge, and ready to haul

When it comes to choosing a vehicle that’s comfortable, loaded with cutting-edge technology, and capable of moving vast quantities of stuff, the possibilities are practically endless. However, if you want all that in a package that’s not some high-stance SUV or crossover, the list of options narrows significantly. But don’t fret, as both Mercedes and Volvo make wagons that fit the bill. Both offer opulence, the latest gadgets, and tons of space. But the question is – which is better?

When it comes to matching luxury with technology, Mercedes has traditionally been the marque of choice. But now, as car tech shifts towards autonomy and the promise of greater safety, Volvo is looking to expand into Merc’s territory.

The Swedish challenge comes from Volvo’s new V90, a more practical take on the S90 sedan. Volvo’s been in the wagon game for some time now, and with new underpinnings, a new look, and the latest in safety tech, the V90 makes a very strong case for segment superiority.

But Mercedes isn’t taking it lying down. The German automaker just redesigned the E-Class for the 2017 model year, including the five-door, and it too gets a restyle and some very impressive new gear.

For this comparison, we’ll take a hard look at what’s offered in terms of technology, as well as the comfort and luxury, style and aesthetics, performance, practicality, and finally, pricing and value. We’ll also toss in a few alternative models if these two don’t tickle your fancy.

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2017 Volvo V90 R-Design

2017 Volvo V90 R-Design

A sportier V90 - the estate that you’ve been waiting for

It’s only been four short months since the 2017 Volvo V90 made its debut at the 2016 Geneva International Auto Show, and Volvo is already dropping details on its respective R-Design performance model. Under the R-Design name, the V90 gets a little sportier, with a new set of wheels, new front fascia, a new radiator grille, and some new exterior trim elements. Inside, the car gets new pedals and mats to go with new trim inserts and a new steering wheel. According to Volvo, the interior also gets a “high-level interior illumination package that radiates attention to detail.” But although the V90 R-Design is “performance inspired,” no upgrades were made under the hood.

Regardless of the lack of performance specs, the exterior package does give us some things to talk about. It wasn’t that long ago that the word “sporty” and “Volvo” could never be found in the same sentence, but Volvo has upped its game in recent years and is now pushing to compete with the big boys of luxury. And that is oh so evident looking at the R-Design package on the new V90. That might mislead you to believe there is massive change over the standard V90, but don’t be confused, because there really isn’t much. There is, however, just the right mix of aggression and sports appeal – at least for a wagon, anyway.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at the V90 R-Design and go over all the fine details. It may very well be the model that turns your attention back to the all-but-dead station wagon segment.

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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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