If you think Audi does good station wagons, what with their Avant (especially RS Avant) models doing so well for years, think again. It’s the sub-zero cool Swedes and Volvo specifically that has earned its name for making truly great station wagons. So after the magnificence that were the 1800 ES, the 245 and the 850 R, Volvo has now introduced us all to the all-new V90. Unfortunately, the Indian market will never get the V90; however, it doesn’t mean we cannot talk about what is essentially a grand throwback to Volvo’s traditional roots.
The new V90 was revealed in Stockholm, Sweden. This new versatile model is the latest in Volvo’s new-age 90 series of vehicles and sits alongside the XC90 SUV and the recently launched S90 mid-size sedan.
All three cars are built around Volvo’s new modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The V90 also wears the familiar butch yet cool looking front-end look as its SUV and sedan counterpart.
Volvo station wagons have always been highly practical and the new V90 is no different. In fact, with the rear seats folded down, the V90 offers humongous 1,526-litres of boot space to store items.
Among many new safety features fitted to the V90 is the semi-autonomous drive technology. Interestingly, there’s also Large Animal Detection and Run-off Road Mitigation for optimum safety.
Like all new Volvos, the V90 will be offered only with a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with the most powerful T8 Twin Engine hybrid version developing up to 407bhp of power.
The T8 version, in fact, combines a 2-litre, four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to produce 407bhp and 640Nm of torque. In pure electric mode, the V90 can cover up to 31 miles.