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We Hear: 2016 Volvo S90 Will Be Better Than XC90, Spawn a Wagon

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/15/2015 Karla Sanchez

Volvo finally got people’s attention with the new 2015 XC90, and it plans on riding that wave of success with the 2016 S90 sedan. Speaking about the car’s design, a Volvo bigwig told Autocar that the S80 replacement is expected to cause an even bigger reaction than the stylish SUV did, and that it will also spawn a wagon variant.

Scheduled for launch later this year, the 2016 S90 will closely follow the footsteps of the successful XC90 with the same interior treatment, in-car technology, and the option of an electrified powertrain. Volvo also recognizes exterior design is a key ingredient, and although the S90 will bear a resemblance to the XC90, it will also incorporate styling cues from the Volvo Concept Universe shown in 2011.MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

“I actually think people will be even more surprised when they see it than they were when they saw the new XC90,” said Volvo vice president of product strategy, Lex Kerssemakers, to Autocar. “The design and dimensions make it a far more premium looking car than the S80, the interior is an evolution of the XC90's, but a step up again, and it has a real distinction about it."

What’s even more exciting is that the S90 will bring forth a V90 wagon variant. Both cars are expected to be offered with the same choice of powertrains as the XC90. In the U.S., the XC90 is offered with two Drive-E engine options, the T6 and T8. The base T6 produces 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque from a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter I-4, while the T8 utilizes the same engine as the T6, but adds a 60-kW, 80-hp electric motor, enabling hybrid, gas, or pure electric power. Both options feature all-wheel drive. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Although the S90 will go up against rivals like the Audi A6 and the BMW 5 Series, Volvo says it has no interest in copying the German brands. "There is no point in trying to outhandle the 3 Series or whatever, we have our own values around exterior and interior design, safety, comfort and powertrain advancements that stand out for their own qualities,” said Kerssemakers.

The 2016 XC90 really made those values clear when 6000 orders were placed for it before buyers even got a chance to sit in it. The First Edition of the 2016 XC90, which was limited to 1927 units, sold out in the first 47 hours.

We Hear: 2016 Volvo S90 Will Be Better Than XC90, Spawn a Wagon

Keeping all this mind, Volvo says it has no excuses not to fight with the very best in the large sedan segment.

Source: Autocar

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