3.3.2016Volvo's V90 is just the start of expanding and electric future
Volvo presented its V90 estate at the Geneva Motor Show to complete the 90 Series line-up, and add another plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model to the Swedish firm's line-up. Fitted with the T8 TwinEngine powertrain, the V90 will boast emissions as low as 47 g/km CO2 and an official combined fuel consumption figure of 134.5 MPG.
The stylish estate brings Volvo not only up-to-date in the executive market, but right to the forefront of its class too, using both the PHEV system and a number of semi-autonomous driving technologies to offer a frugal and relaxing car to buyers.
The T8 TwinEngine joins the 2.0 litre petrol and diesel models in the range, using a 2.0 litre petrol engine and 65kW electric motor to deliver 320hp. The system is currently found on the XC90 where it is very effective.
At the launch, Volvo announced that the V90 features as much autonomous driving technology that can legally be used, with Volvo's Pilot Assist II able to support drivers at speeds of up to 80mph in terms of steering, powering and braking itself.
Safety was confirmed as remaining a Volvo strength with run-off road mitigation joining a number of other safety features that include Large Animal detection, collision avoidance systems and, driving assist features on the V90.
The model will face stiff competition from the likes of BMW's 5-Series, the Audi A6, and the new Mercedes E-Class - the last of which looks set to go head to head with Volvo as a technological tour-de-force. Early signs look good though with Volvo's small but strong and flexible engine line-up working well in other products, while the interior of the V90 is spacious, airy and beautifully made.
HÃ¥kan Samuelsson, Volvo President and Chief Executive, has confirmed that the V90 is just the beginning of the company's expansion. Next up will be a larger range of smaller models built on a new platform, while electrification will be at the forefront of the range's development.
Volvo has revealed that a new three-cylinder petrol TwinEngine powertrain will be available in future, joining the current four cylinder set-up as a lower powered and more compact package. This will me more suited to the V40 and other models in the pipeline, with the larger system well suited to the 60 and 90 series range.
Every range of cars will have a TwinEngine option, with annual units expected to be around 10 per cent of the company's sales in the medium term future. An all electric car is in development, with it set for launch by 2019.