Taking a look at the new Volvo V90

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Following in the tracks of last year’s award-winning XC90 SUV is the new Volvo V90, which was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

This premium estate car is the latest in a prestigious line of vehicles that began with the Volvo Duett in 1953. Design aesthetics have of course evolved over more than 60 years, but the reliability and practicality of that original vehicle are qualities that have informed every subsequent Volvo car.

Senior Vice President for Design at Volvo Cars, Thomas Ingenlath: “The modern premium estate is all about the intriguing combination of a luxurious experience with the functional origins of the estate’s silhouette.”

“The sophisticated ambience of our new Volvo interiors is combined with a great cargo space, providing the right kind of functionality – whether through connectivity or cargo and storage solutions.”

As with the XC90, and the forthcoming S90, the V90 has been designed using Scalable Product Architecture, SPA for short. Key features include Pilot Assist III semi-autonomous driving technology. This, according to Volvo, offers the most advanced standard safety package on the market and includes Large Animal Detection System and Run-off Road Mitigation. Class-leading connectivity is promised too, including Apple CarPlay integration, as is a Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Other features include a smartphone app that can be used to lock and unlock the car’s doors and boot, and even start its engine.

Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President for Research and Development added, “Our PowerPulse technology is designed to deliver a distinct performance boost to our diesel engine.

“The T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid will deliver around 404bhp and a pure electric range of around 31 miles.”

The V90 Estate will be capable of 0-60mph in approximately 5.4 seconds. Despite its potency, it is expected that the vehicle will deliver as much as 135mpg and produce a CO2 emission figure as low as 47g/km.

Alternatively, there will be diesel options offering automatic transmission (six-speed in the case of a 187bhp version and eight-speed with a 232bhp alternative). CO­2 emissions will be as low as 119g/km and 129g/km respectively with fuel economy peaks ranging between 62.8mpg and 57.6mpg.

The V90 is due in dealerships later this year, ahead of 2017’s S90 executive saloon. Please feel free to leave your comments below and if you would like to know more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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