The Los Angeles Auto Show hasn’t even wrapped up the party yet and the automakers are already looking forward to the next major automotive event in the United States – the North American International Auto Show.
Come January and Volvo has already prepared its next major worldwide reveal – the introduction of the flagship S90 passenger car, which has actually been doing the rumor rounds far earlier than its official teaser. Nevertheless we’re expecting now the company to fully embark on the marketing teasing game and intersperse the remaining time until the introduction in Detroit during NAIAS with further bits of information. We already have a good idea about the exterior design thanks to the copious amount of images depicting the official S90 scale models – and the S80 replacement will come to fight off in Swedish style the eternal German triumvirate of executive sedans: BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E Class. Some of the more interesting design elements seen on the second generation XC 90 crossover will also largely carry over.
We’re talking about Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running light, the massive C-shaped taillights, and big “Volvo” lettering. The profile looks elegant enough to have it stay as the company’s flagship until they deliver in the years to come the bigger S100. Using the new SPA architecture, the S90 will be larger than the outgoing model but also lighter and we’re expecting all engine options from the XC90 to carry over. That means no engine larger than four cylinders and also the hybrid version coming with 394 bhp (293 kW) from the XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.