Earlier this morning, we were at the launch of two new models in the Volvo range, the S90 and V90. Essentially a sedan and wagon versions of the same car, both cars are built on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and represent the second phase of Volvo’s transformation.
Both the S90 and V90 will be sold in two guises: turbocharged T5 motor making 245hp at 5,500rpm and 350Nm between 1,500 – 4,800rpm to the front rubbers, and a turbocharged and supercharged T6 motor that makes 320hp at 5,700rpm and 400Nm between 2,200 – 5,500rpm to all four wheels.
Performance numbers are pretty decent, with the S90 completing the century sprint in 6.8 seconds and 5.9 seconds in T5 and T6 variants respectively. With the V90 tipping the scales slightly heavier than its S90 sibling, it completes the sprint two tenths slower at 6.0 seconds and 6.1 seconds.
Although there is no word yet on the fire-breathing 407hp T8 hybrid, Volvo Cars Malaysia have indicated there is a chance we will see them in the distant future.
Like the XC90, the S90 and V90 will carry the proud and confident face of Volvo’s new design language, along with the Swede’s classic styling cues. Key features include the iconic “Thor’s Hammer” headlight design the new signature grille and Volvo’s Iron Mark.
Worth mentioning is the fact that the V90 represents a comeback of big estates for Volvo in Malaysia.
“The V90 gives homage to our strong heritage and historian the premium estate segment. We are aware that the estate segment is very niche in Malaysia but if we look at the increasingly dynamic lifestyle of Malaysians, we are certain that more and more people will re-discover the appeal of a premium estate,” said Lennart Stegland, Managing Director if Volvo Car Malaysia
Apart from the difference in performance, the R-Design package also adds a more dynamic expression on the exterior with a sportier front end design and spoiler integrated fog-lights, 5-spoke R-Design wheels with wider tyres and sport chassis tuning, and Nubuck and Nappa leather seats along with R-Design steering wheel and gear lever on the inside. Customers who opt for the T5 variants will have three interior upholstery options – Charcoal, Amber and Blond, in combination with two inlay options, Iron Ore or Dark Flame Birch.
Volvo being Volvo, there are a host of driver assist and safety tech which comes as standard. You get Intellisafe package which has Volvo’s City Safety, an advanced Automatic Energy Braking (AEB) system that can detect and mitigate collisions with pedestrians, cyclists and large animals, as well as Pilot Assist – an advanced semi-autonomous drive feature.
This system gives gentle steering inputs to keep the car aligned and within its driven lane and can function at up to highway speeds of 130km/h, all this whilst maintaining the set distance and speed that is determined by its driver.
The S90 T5 and T6 R-Design is priced at RM388,888 and RM453,888 respectively, while the V90 T5 and T6 R-Design will carry a RM5,000 premium and is priced at RM393,888 and RM458,888 respectively. These are OTR prices including GST but excludes road-tax and insurance.
And if you couldn’t already tell – yes, we cannot wait to drive these new Volvos. Until then, enjoy our gallery from this morning’s launch below.