NEW – In charge of eventually succeeding the large XC90 SUV, this new model will be available only in an electric version.
The proportions and shapes remain the same as those of the XC90, but the more refined style and the closed grille herald a revolution. Volvo’s new large SUV doesn’t just adopt an electric drivetrain. It opens a new era for the brand of the Chinese group Geely, which has announced that it will only market electric models in 2030. The Swedish manufacturer aspires to achieve carbon neutrality in 2040.
If the style is fairly conventional, the light signature in the shape of an elongated T and the technology based on 1.3 million pixels as well as the flush handles and the hollow sides give a welcome touch of modernity to this 5.04 m vessel. long. The EX90, this is its official designation, will be able to accommodate seven people in three rows.
For its new flagship, the engineers of the Swedish brand of a “long distance” battery. Thanks to its capacity of 111 kWh, it will allow a range of 600 km. These accumulators power two electric motors, one per axle. Two versions have been planned: 408 hp and 770 Nm of torque or 517 hp and 910 Nm for the Performance version. In line with the Swedish manufacturer’s announcements, the EX90 will see its speed limited to 180 km/h. This is better for a vehicle advertised at a weight of almost 2,800 kilos!
The end of buttons
The interior gives pride of place to recycled and recyclable materials. In terms of ergonomics, Volvo took Tesla as a model. The dashboard is marked by the absence of all physical controls. All functions are grouped together in the huge 14.5-inch vertical touch pad located in the center of the board. The multimedia system provides access to Google applications and services.
At a time when the shortage of microchips persists and when the longevity of electronic systems is questionable, Volvo has designed its vehicle as a computer on wheels. Without laughing, in its communication, the manufacturer speaks of “a sophisticated rolling computer”. The on-board software will be able to handle the majority of essential functions: from security to infotainment to battery management. The software will be able to benefit from remote updates.
Obsessed that its vehicles will never be involved in a road accident in the near future, Volvo has equipped its EX90 with a Lidar developed by Luminar. Installed on the roof of the vehicle, just above the windshield, this device works with cameras and radars to monitor in real time and at 360 degrees what is happening around the vehicle. It is able to spot objects or people, day or night, several hundred meters away, and warn the driver to make the right decision. Inside, cameras will be able to detect driver discomfort in order to take over to bring the SUV to a safe stop and call for help. The EX90’s on-board system paves the way for fully autonomous driving when regulations permit.
First manufactured in the United States and then also in China, the large EX90 electric leisure vehicle will be marketed from the end of 2023 at a price starting at 107,900 euros. The Performance version will require an additional 5,200 euros.