Following major leaks that set Volvo on the same level with Mercedes-Benz’s E Class, the Swedish automaker has officially introduced its latest model – the V90 estate.
The model will have its worldwide public premiere on March 1 during the Geneva Motor Show and while it hasn’t been able to retain all the stylish cues of the 2014 Concept Estate, the V90 looks ready to become a prime contender in the segment. Volvo says the V90 is a leap forward in terms of design (we agree), materials and finish (we’ll have to see it in the metal) – all without sacrificing what makes an estate appealing: practicality. Speaking of which, the estate body style comes with a luggage volume (including under floor storage) of 58.8 cubic feet (1,526 liters) with the rear seats down. The V90 is Volvo’s third product to use its all new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) following the second generation XC90 crossover and the S90 sedan.
This means we’re already privy to the roster of powertrain options which only include four-cylinder engines. The flagship version will be the T8 Twin Engine hybrid version that has a turbocharged, supercharged 2.0-liter mated to an electric motor for a combined output of 407 horsepower (299 kilowatts) and 472 pound-feet (640 Newton meters) of torque. The V90 T8 will then handle the 62 mph sprint in 5.2 seconds – even though fuel consumption is rated at just 2.1 liters / 100 km (112 miles per gallon) in the combined cycle. Using a 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the all-wheel-drive V90 T8 Twin Engine will also have an electric range of at least 28 miles (45 km).