Introduced in spring 2016 and marketed the following autumn, the second Volvo XC90 of the name clearly redefined the Swedish brand’s ambitions. In addition to the aesthetic manifesto, this new formal language initiated by the XC90, both exterior and interior, was then methodically applied to the entire range.
Above all, it was seen as a flagship, pulling the manufacturer’s image up. The Volvo XC90 will be delivered at the end of 2023 in Europe to its replacement, the EX90, with an “E” for electric. In turn, the EX90 represents a shift for the brand. But from autumn 2023, its younger sibling, the Volvo EX30, derived from the #1 Smart SUV, will burn out the politeness at dealerships.
Evolutionary style for the Volvo EX90
Unsurprisingly, the Volvo EX90’s attire takes up the styling cues pioneered by the Volvo Recharge concept car unveiled in summer 2021. Matrix, its headlights now have contours clearly delimited by a “T” like Thor’s hammer. Fully electric, the Volvo EX90 doesn’t need a grille, suddenly the Scandinavian brand’s emblem now rests on a flat, solid surface. Also, the EX90’s overall silhouette isn’t far from that of the XC90. There is no other way than this relatively cubic line to board seven passengers. Still, the stern design brings a hint of originality with the separation between the top of the headlights, the one that frames the rear window, and the hook-shaped bottom. The latter aims to visually enlarge the vehicle, that is, to erase the sense of height typical of SUVs, while clearly evoking the stern of the Volvo S90 sedan.
A welcome family spirit for the consistency of the range and as with any self-respecting premium brand, there is an evolution rather than a revolution between two model generations. if the size of the Volvo EX90 (made in the USA) is more imposing than that of its predecessor with a length of 5.04 m (12 cm better), on the other hand, the height decreases by 4 cm or 1.74 m below the fathom. Finally, the wheelbase remains strictly identical with always 2.98 m between the two axles. Despite an alleged technical base being all-electric, the EX90 is hardly roomier than its predecessor. This is confirmed by the capacity of the trunk, which has practically not changed.
a simple interior
As with many automakers, the change is most noticeable on the inside. Still located in the center of the panel (revealed in teaser form two weeks ago), the 14.5-inch touchscreen also maintains a vertical layout. But now it’s floating and devoid of any buttons. An atmosphere, ultimately, very close to that of a Tesla.
Finally, it is no longer framed by the vertical air vents that gave the cabin of current Volvos a false Bentley air. The air conditioning enters the passenger compartment through a horizontal slot that runs through all the furniture. It is more sober and more contemporary. And in front of the driver, a simple 8-inch diagonal slab with no return or cover acts as instrumentation.
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Two versions of 408 and 517 hp for the Volvo EX90
The Volvo EX90 range will revolve around two versions with in all cases a dual electric machine and a four-wheel drive. At launch, a single fully equipped trim level called Ultra is on the program. The offer should diversify from then on. The entry level, called Recharge Twin, combines a power output of 408 hp for a torque value of 770 Nm, while above, the Recharge Twin Performance variant totals 517 hp and 910 Nm. All Volvo EX90s are powered by a battery with a capacity of 111 kWh, allowing a range of around 600 km according to the WLTP cycle.
Top speed is 180 km/h while 0 to 100 km/h is guaranteed in 5.9 s for the 408 hp version and claims just 4.9 s for the 517 hp version. The Volvo EX90 Recharge Twin (408 hp) will be charged in the French market for €107,900 and the Recharge Twin Performance version (517 hp) will cost €113,100. For the record, the current Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid – the only version that remains available in France – with 455 hp starts at a price of €90,800.
- Volvo EX90 Ultra Recharge Twin (408 hp): €107,900
- Volvo EX90 Ultra Recharge Twin Performance (517 hp): €113,100