2017 VOLVO V90 GOES OFFICIAL AHEAD OF GENEVA

Volvo’s new V90 has been officially unveiled ahead of its debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show next month. Following a leak last week, the V90 is now fully official. The big estate/ station wagon aims to capture buyers seeking the premium feel of the usual German suspects combined with safety and that scarcity factor. Volvo South Africa, as expected, will not be selling this car in Mzansi simply because there is no market for it. We just don’t like station wagons for some reason.

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That said, the V90 looks like a great car, if you can buy it. “We have a very strong position in the estate segment,” says Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo Cars. “In many people’s minds we are known as the definitive estate brand. While the Volvo brand today stands for more than estates, we are proud to carry forward this rich heritage with the V90.”

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It is the third 90 series car to be revealed after the all-new XC90 and S90 sedan, to both of which it is obviously closely related, especially the S90. Being a wagon means it has a much larger rear loading capacity than the sedan model, while everything else is pretty much the same. It also benefits from Volvo’s specially-designed and fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) that allows much more flexibility in terms of design and manufacture. In fact, more future Volvos are set to use SPA.

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Some of the tech installed, standard or optional, includes Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving technology with large animal detection and run-off road mitigation, as well as Blind Spot Information System. There’s also the Sensus Connect infotainment system with a large 22.9cm touch screen, probably the largest we currently have in South Africa.

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Engines will largely reflect what is in the XC90 and S90, meaning some D5 turbo diesels, T5, T6 and T8 petrols among others. All are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox sending power and torque to either the front or all wheels, depending on the model in question.

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