NAIAS 2016: Volvo S90 is Your Deer-detecting Swedish Executive Saloon

Chris Tonn
by Chris Tonn
naias 2016 volvo s90 is your deer detecting swedish executive saloon

After winning the North American Truck of the Year award with the excellent XC90, Volvo is clearly on a roll. Get it? Volvo is Latin for “I roll.”

No? Never mind.

Following up the SUV is a new large luxury sedan, the S90, sharing much with the big truck.

(There once was a time when CUVs were developed from sedans. What a world we live in.)

The S90 comes standard with the T6 four-cylinder twincharged engine found in the XC90. A T8 plug-in hybrid version is optional, offering 410 horsepower.

A semi-autonomous “Pilot Assist” feature is standard, which provides steering input to maintain lane alignment on the highway, coupled with adaptive cruise control.

The styling looks quite low, wide, and sleek, though the rear is much less dramatic than the rest of the car.

Important for some parts of the country is “Large Animal Detection,” which, unsurprisingly, detects and warns of roadside deer, moose, and other large animals to minimize collisions.

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  • Pdl2dmtl Pdl2dmtl on Jan 11, 2016

    I don't get this car. Whoever has the money to buy this car wouldn't be better off spending said money on a BMW or a Merc, if European luxury is a must? Second thing is: what's wrong with Volvo dropping a V8 400HP engine in this E-Klasse wanabe and bringing to N America a 2l 4 cylinder mastodont of an SUV? Did someone say these guys are on borrowed time? This reeks of desperation. Not to mention design wise this car is a trainwreck. The designers of the front end never met with the designers of the rear end. Here, I said it.

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    • Stuki Stuki on Jan 13, 2016

      @CJinSD Pent up demand after several lean years. There are lots and lots of people who really, really, really! want Volvo to be great again. It is a bit of a cult brand in some circles. And now, since every darned new car on the road is within +- 10% of every other wrt objective "greatness" (at least for the first 50,000 miles), those guys now have a chance to feel smug about driving a "great" Volvo again.

  • Kmars2009 Kmars2009 on Jan 12, 2016

    Because between now and 2020 the EPA Co2 and gas mileage requirements, are going to be tougher. I am sure there will be penalties for low CAFE mileage and high Co2. In addition, more cars will offer plug in hybrid as an option. If Volvo wants this to be it's big global seller, they must plan for the future, with turbos and superchargers...not resort to the OLD way of doing things. Don't get me wrong, I love a V8 too. My Mercedes S Class has one, but the future is all about clean, efficient, if not powerful from turbos...4 cyl, electric, hybrid tech. The V8 will still be around...just not in a companys main car. Even the new Camaro has a turbo 4 well as the Mustang.

    • Heavy handle Heavy handle on Jan 12, 2016

      Almost nobody bought the previous V8 S80, so they decided to make cars for paying customers, not for for internet daydreamers. There are lots of V8 options in this price category. Hyundai-Kia have 'em, the three Germs have one each, Lexus still offers one (I think), Chrysler has some. It's a saturated market, and none of those options are all that popular.

  • Sayahh Is it 1974 or 1794? The article is inconsistent.
  • Laura I just buy a Hyndai Elantra SEL, and My car started to have issues with the AC dont work the air sometimes is really hot and later cold and also I heard a noice in the engine so I went to the dealer for the first service and explain what was hapenning to the AC they told me that the car was getting hot because the vent is not working I didnt know that the car was getting hot because it doesnt show nothing no sign no beep nothing I was surprise and also I notice that it needed engine oil, I think that something is wrong with this car because is a model 23 and I just got it on April only 5 months use. is this normal ? Also my daughter bought the same model and she went for a trip and the car also got hot and it didnt show up in the system she called them and they said to take the car to the dealer for a check up I think that if the cars are new they shouldnt be having this problems.
  • JamesGarfield What charging network does the Polestar use?
  • JamesGarfield Re: Getting away from union plantsAbout a dozen years or so ago, Caterpillar built a huge new engine plant, just down the road here in Seguin TX. Story has it, Caterpillar came to Seguin City council in advance, and told them their plans. Then they asked for no advanced publicity from Seguin, until announcement day. This new plant was gonna be a non-union replacement for a couple of union plants in IL and SC, and Cat didn't want to stir up union problems until the plan was set. They told Seguin, If you about blab this in advance, we'll walk. Well, Seguin kept quiet as instructed, and the plan went through, with all the usual expected tax abatements given.Plant construction began, but the Caterpillar name was conspicuously absent from anywhere on the site. Instead, the plant was described as being a collective of various contractors and suppliers for Caterpillar. Which in fact, it was. Then comes the day, with the big new plant fully operationa!, that Caterpillar comes in and announces, Hey, Yeah it's our plant, and the Caterpillar name boldly goes up on the front. All you contractor folks, welcome aboard, you're now Caterpillar employees. Then, Cat turns and announces they are closing those two union plants immediately, and will be transporting all the heavy manufacturing equipment to Seguin. None of the union workers, just the equipment. And today, the Caterpillar plant sits out there, humming away happily, making engines for the industry and good paying jobs for us. I'd call that a winner.
  • Stuki Moi What Subaru taketh away in costs, dealers will no doubt add right back in adjustments.... Fat chance Subaru will offer a sufficient supply of them.