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Over the summer, Volvo released its XC90 SUV as the world’s first seven passenger plug-in hybrid.
The carmaker is looking to turn heads once again when it shows its upcoming S90 sedan at next month’s auto show in Detroit.
“With the launch of the XC90 we made a clear statement of intent,” Volvo President & CEO Håkan Samuelsson said. “We are now clearly and firmly in the game. With $11 billion of investment over the past five years we have not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be – we are now delivering on our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand.”
In January, Volvo is set to presenting its new S90 plug-in hybrid sedan as a well-appointed luxury vehicle, one that will likely to compete with plug-ins such as the Cadillac ELR and Mercedes S550 Plug In.
Powering the S90 is Volvo’s T8 all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid powertrain. The front-mounted 2.0-liter gasoline engine features both turbo and a supercharger; it’s paired with a rear-mounted 65-kilowatt electric motor to give the car optional all-wheel drive and all-electric range.
“Our idea was to bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group.
Volvo noted that the lithium-ion battery stack, which is rated at 9.2 kilowatt-hours, “is positioned in the tunnel console for maximum safety and also improved weight distribution that gives an improved driving experience.”
Among the S90’s semi-autonomous systems will be Pilot Assist. This can steer the car by following lane markings instead of a car, and can remain engaged for speeds up to about 80 mph.
Volvo said the S90 will also be the first of its models able to scan the road for large animals.
“Large animal detection [is] a system capable of detecting large animals such as elk, horses or moose, night or day. The technology offers an intuitive warning and brake support to help avoid a collision,” said Volvo.
Volvo has not yet released estimates on the S90’s all-electric range and fuel consumption, though it’s likely more details will be revealed during the car’s official public debut in January.