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Volvo S90, Rescuing a classic design

Volvo S90

As the successor to the S80 and following its nomenclature (S, by sedan), the Swedish brand backs on track and recovers its large luxury sedan, the S90.

the S90, its flagship nearly 5 m long and a striking rear, which also will offer the familiar edition and after its debut at the Detroit Motor Show (January), will be sold at the end of the first half of 2016, at a price of around euros 52,000.

It has been developed on the platform of the XC 90, which engines broadly match, all of them four cylinders and two liters of cubic capacity, both gasoline and diesel. It measures 4.96 m long for a wheelbase of 2.94 m, so it is a big sedan but without the huge dimensions of some of its “premium” rivals. Having a classic design, the wide front grille breaks away from the previous design of other Volvos by being most prominent, chromed and with concave bars. Its logo changes as well. Having only 1.44 m high and 1.89 wide (more than 2 meters with rear mirrors), it is quite slender, with a low belt line for what is fashion today and rubber sealed joints. The headlights shine daytime beam “T” lying (the famous “Thor’s hammer” not very aesthetic, indeed) and the shape of the bumper and air intakes reinforce the width impression of this S90, standing out a 4-door coupe design quite aerodynamic (Cd 0.28). Big but without exceeding.- Straddling the line between BMW 5 and 7 Series, below Mercedes S Class and Audi A8 (reaching 5.14 m the small one) and closer to the A6, the length of this S90 corresponds to that of a classic sedan segment H but without exceeding so it remains fit for the traditional clients of the discreet S80 (born in 1998 and renovated in 2006). Volvo has resorted to a classic frame of high steel and ultra-high strength with some aluminum item to reduce weight.

Digital dash. Inside, the S90 has a much higher comfort than S80 model (which was already very good) thanks to its longer wheelbase, especially for the rear seats. In the front, the dashboard has a digital instruments completed with a large central screen placed vertically in the large center console, the vertical position accentuated by vents located on its sides. It allows you to have access to almost all functions of the car (driving aids, multimedia system, air conditioning, menus settings, etc.) as it is required in almost all cars of last generation.

The manual gearbox is new and it only weighs 54 kg and can support up to 46 mKg of drive torque, provided for both front-wheel drive editions and total AWD. According to the all-wheel drive AWD versions, a Haldex-type rear differential (Borg Warner) is mounted which normally transmits more than 90% of the drive torque to the front axle, and 50% goes to the rear axle if the front road holding fails, a 50/50 distribution as innovation if required maximum acceleration as of standstill on slippery floor.

Four cylinder engine only. The novelty of these new S90 lies in its mechanical “Drive-E” light alloy, all based on 4-cylinder engine turbocharged and two liters of cubic capacity (1,969 cc), both diesel and gasoline, with counterbalance shafts and despite that it is 45 kg lighter than before.

Driving aids. As a good modern car, the new Volvo S90 has all the latest electronic aids and safety, one standard and others optional, from the system of rail automatic well-balanced to emergency brake that detects vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and big animals. Two new aids to avoid highway exits or reduce consequences if occurs: the Road Run-off Mitigation and Run-off Road Protection. The first one acts on the steering and brakes in order to keep the car on the driveway (at speeds between 65 and 140 km / h). The second one related to safety is already known in the XC90 model. There are other fittings better known already as the active speed programmer, road signs reading, vehicles detection in the blind-spot of rear view mirrors, warning of possible rearend collision, the semi-automatic parking... taking into account car vision and its environment through external cameras of 360° coverage.