Volvo EX90 (2023). Photos, prices and datasheet of the 7-seater electric SUV

Despite its advanced age, the second Volvo XC90 of the name is still not eligible for retirement. But it will have to live with another big 7-seater SUV: the EX90. With its advanced technology and features, this newcomer continues the Swedish manufacturer’s luxury movement.

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Volvo’s first large electric SUV, the EX90, will cohabit with the XC90 for a few years before pushing it into retirement.

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Only selling electric cars from 2030: Volvo is one of the first manufacturers to announce this goal. But it currently reserves this type of engine for its C40 and XC40 compact SUVs. 5.04 m long and devoid of any thermal or hybrid offer, the large EX90 therefore represents a turning point. The Swedish brand also evokes the “beginning of a new era”🇧🇷 To better emphasize the importance of this novelty, the idea of ​​giving it a real name instead of an alphanumeric code had even been considered… before being abandoned later, following a change of boss. The name adopted, however, remains unpublished. It will allow the model to cohabit for a few years with the XC90, in order to reassure customers who still do not feel ready for 100% electric.

A style that avoids breakage

In terms of style, the EX90 also avoids throwing the past into oblivion. In particular, it maintains a very classic profile, without trying to play cut. On the other hand, the T-shape dear to current Volvos, dubbed “Thor’s hammer”, is no longer reserved for the single light signature. As with the 2021 Recharge concept, it’s now the entire optical unit housing the headlights that takes on this look. With the bonus of a new pixel-evoking diode arrangement, a bit like the Hyundai Ioniq 5.

The taillights also try to juggle family resemblance and innovation. Even though their top still frames the frame, they’re now cut in two, with lower C-shaped elements that largely bite the tailgate. The absence of a grid is a reminder that this imposing guy is only powered by electricity. With the help of flush knobs this helps to get a Cd of 0.29. A pretty good value for the category.

Already equipped for autonomous driving

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Perched on the roof, this Lidar is a type of radar still very rare on a production vehicle.

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The roof may appear to be covered with an air inlet, as in an Endurance prototype. In fact, it is a Lidar, the most sophisticated and expensive of the radars dedicated to autonomous driving. Mainly capable of detecting pedestrians up to 250m away, this technology is still extremely rare in a production vehicle.

According to Volvo, the EX90 would already be equipped with the necessary components for unsupervised autonomous driving. This means that in the future the car can drive for you.

But while we await this still uncertain deadline, it will be necessary to maintain controls most of the time. Even if you have opted for the optional Pilot Assist package “assisted driving” for €2,400, you will have to be constantly vigilant. The Swedish brand therefore examines the driver’s gaze using sensors or cameras. You can thus ensure that he remains alert and send him alerts if he does not, even stopping the vehicle on the side of the road and asking for help if the driver feels unwell. Ever so safety conscious, Volvo also provides numerous other electronic aids in series to try to protect both occupants and pedestrians, cyclists and even avoid contact with large animals.

One mobile computer for seven passengers

To ensure its owner remains focused, the new Volvo SUV also opts for a new information layout that was announced by Concept Recharge. While the central touchscreen, still in portrait format, grows further to reach 14.5 inches, the digital instrumentation is limited to 8 inches. Thus, it focuses on driving-related data: speed, route, remaining range. With Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and an infotainment system provided by Google, this EX90 is called by Volvo a true “rolling sophisticated computer”🇧🇷 Especially since it incorporates the increasingly essential remote update (OTA) features, with 5G compatibility. But this imposing vessel is also designed to carry seven people, like its rival Tesla Model X. It should even do it a little more comfortably than the XC90, as it exceeds it by 9 cm in length. The wheelbase, however, only increases by a small centimeter, and it’s especially the rear overhang that benefits from this growth. Luggage compartment volume has also improved slightly, with 655 l in the 5-seater configuration. under the luggage compartment cover and a maximum of 1,915 litres. Not to mention the 37 l of the small “seat” that can be installed under the front hood thanks to the removal of the thermal engines.

Muscular performance but restrained

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Volvo EX90 recharge

Thanks to a direct current charging power of up to 250 kW, 30 minutes would be enough to recharge the battery from 10 to 80%.

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As mentioned in the preamble, this EX90 will only be available with 100% electric motors. To offer all-wheel drive, it will always have two, one in front and one in the back, at least at launch. Two power and torque levels will be offered initially: 408 hp and 770 Nm for the “base” Twin Motor version or 517 hp and 910 Nm for the Performance variant. Despite an empty weight of over 2,800 kg, the faster of these two versions has 0 to 100 km/h completed in 4.9 s. It’s a second better than your sister. On the other hand, in all cases the top speed remains limited to 180 km/h, as Volvo had committed to before Renault or Dacia. The battery also remains the same. It has a gross capacity of 111 kWh, which is 3 kWh less than the new Audi Q8 e-Tron. In the WLTP loop, this allows to announce up to 600 km of autonomy, or 590 km for the Performance version. As for charging power, it can reach 11 kW in alternating current (AC) and 250 kW in direct current (DC), against only 170 kW for the competitor in the rings. In ideal conditions, this Swede could therefore see his battery go from 10 to 80% in less than 30 minutes.

Prices over €100,000

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Volvo EX90 Dimensions

At 5.04 m in length, this big guy outperforms the XC90 by 9 cm, despite a very close wheelbase.

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Made in the United States initially, then in China for other markets, this EX90 is not necessarily intended to achieve commercial feats in Europe. A fortiori in France, where it will only be offered in a very well-equipped Ultra finish to begin with. With a base price set at €107,900 for the 408 hp Twin Engine version and at €113,100 for the 517bhp Performance variant, this big guy can’t claim the benefit of an eco bonus. It’s even more expensive than its distant cousin, the Lotus Eletre. This other imposing 100% electric SUV, designed under the supervision of the Chinese group Geely, actually starts at €96,890 despite a minimum output of 603 hp. But while the “Sino-British” plays more in the sports record, the “Sino-Scandinavian” bets more on luxury and safety. Even if some customers hesitate, everything has been done to avoid too direct competition.

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