Volvo has launched the highly-anticipated S90 in India atRs 53.5 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The Volvo S90 is based on the Volvo's flexible SPA platform (Scalable Product Architecture), which also underpins the XC90. The S90 is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder Drive-E turbocharged diesel engine, which develops a maximum power of 190 hp and a peak torque of 400 Nm. The engine is paired to an eight-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox, which offers a good balance between performance and fuel-efficiency.
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The new Volvo S90 is a replacement to the S80 and marks the company's entry into a segment that has been dominated by the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and the Jaguar XF. Volvo has loaded the luxury sedan with a host of new features and technologies. The Volvo S90 follows a new design philosophy, both at the exterior and inside. The S90 looks longer than its actual length with its stretched hood and side body lines. Dimensionally too, the S90 is actually the longest car in the segment. The exterior gets the Thor Hammer LED lights (also equipped on the XC90), while at the rear there are C-shaped tail lamps, which blend smoothly into the boot and give the rear section a stand out appearance.
The cabin of the new S90 looks similar to the XC90's and is equipped with Nappa leather seat upholstery and wood inserts flanking the touch screen infotainment screen. The infotainment system by Bowers and Wilkins has been placed in the centre and is possibly the best music system in the segment. The Volvo S90 also gets other features like Clean Zone technology that filters dust and particles and prevents them from entering the cabin. The safety technologies, on the other hand, include pilot assist, park assist, city safety and large animal detection technology.
The Volvo S90 will only be available in one variant, which features all features as standard equipment. In addition, the company will offer some accessories to customers who want to personalise their cars. Sometime around the middle of next year, Volvo will introduce the S90 with the more powerful D5 engine, which develops 235 hp. This could be followed by a plug-in hybrid version of the S90, similar to that of the XC90 but the company hasn't confirmed this yet.