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

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.

  • Master Baiter The D-bag elites like Al Gore demanding that we all switch to EVs are the type of people who don't actually drive. They get chauffeured around in black Yukon Denalis. Tesla does have a good charging network--maybe someday they will produce a car that doesn't suck.
  • MRF 95 T-Bird As a Challenger GT awd owner I lIke it’s heritage inspired styling a lot. There’s a lot of 66-67 as well as 68-70 Charger in there. It’s refreshing that it doesn’t look like a blob like Tesla, Volt/Bolt, Mach-e BMW I whatever etc. The fact that it’s a hatch makes it even better as a everyday driver thus eliminating the need for a CUV. If it’s well built and has a reliable track record I can see trading up to it in a few years.
  • Jbawden I thought sedans were dead? Coupes even more so. The core Charger/Challenger buyer is in it for the Hemi. To whom is this and the presumed EV Camaro marketed to? The ICE versions of these cars have a LOT of shortcomings, but rear drive, a V8, and a Tremec 6 speed made all that disappear. If you're forcing me into a 1,000hp appliance, then give me some visibility and practicality while your at it. And for the love of all things holy, please allow me to maintain a little dignity by leaving off the ridiculous space jam sound effects. What out of touch focus group think approved that? It's almost as embarrassing as the guy who signed off on the Pontiac Aztec.
  • Jalop1991 The simple fact is, America and Americans excel at building complex things (bridges, for example) but absolutely SUCK at maintaining them. We're too busy moving on to the next new shiny thing that a politician can get good airtime for. Fixing the bridge? Not sexy. Cutting the ribbon at a new EV charge site? Photo-op worthy. Demanding that the owner of said charging site be accountable and not let his site become the EV equivalent of a slum? Hard and not a newsworthy event.I have a PHEV and once tried some sort of public charging, just to see what happens. Failed miserably. We'd all be riding horses today if gas stations performed like EV charge stations do.
  • SCE to AUX Apps like PlugShare prove a few points:[list][*]Tesla's charging network is the best, almost always earning a 10/10.[/*][*]Dealer chargers are the worst, often blocked (ICE'd) or inaccessible behind a locked gate.[/*][*]Electrify America chargers aren't bad; my few experiences with them have been quite good. But they are also very new.[/*][*]Calling the help line is nearly useless.[/*][*]There are still charging gaps in high-travel flyover areas, which coincidentally have a lot of "Trump" flags waving in them.[/*][/list]As an EV driver and engineer, I don't understand how public chargers get so screwed up. They are simple devices. My home charger is 10 years old and has never missed a beat, but it only gets one cycle a day and lives indoors.