2017 Volvo S90 Review

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After Ford sold Volvo to Chinese automaker Geely in 2010, the Swedish company’s first order of business was to fashion a new-product lineup that would update its aging fleet of vehicles and catch up to the other luxury brands, which were surging. Geely had plenty of money to invest in Volvo, but even so, the automaker had to plan this new portfolio around flexible engines and platforms that could be widely used in a brand with barely half a million global sales in 2015. We saw the first vehicle to emerge from this process last year, the new XC90 three-row SUV. This S90 luxury sedan is the second new product of the Geely era.

Lane-centering safety technology finds no friends in latest study, Drivers drove two test routes: one more urban and one in a rural area. The vehicles used were a 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300, a 2019 Infiniti QX50, a 2018 Volvo S90, a 2017 BMW 530i and a 2016 Tesla Model. – News from www.cnet.com

The S90 is designed to do battle in the mid-size luxury-car class in which the strongest players are the BMW 5-series and the Mercedes-Benz E-class—both of which are new for 2017. Other competitors (in order of sales for calendar year 2015) are the Hyundai Genesis, Lexus GS, Audi A6, Cadillac CTS, Jaguar XF, Infiniti Q70, and Acura RLX.

At 195.4 inches long and riding on a 115.8-inch wheelbase, the S90 is smack in the middle of these cars in size. However, at 74.0 inches wide and 56.8 inches high, it’s a bit wider and lower than most of them. That’s because the S90’s styling cues come from the Concept Coupe that Volvo revealed in 2013.

The goal was to give this S90 a stylish look while retaining four-door-sedan functionality. That translates into a lower roofline, more steeply raked windshield and rear glass, and a longer side-glass area than the hoary S80 that it replaces. The S90’s front appearance also was previewed by the Concept Coupe, incorporating Volvo’s updated concave grille that recalls the classic P1800 and presents the updated Iron Mark Volvo logo, along with the now familiar Thor’s Hammer daytime running lights. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by Manufacturer

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