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S90 Successor Alert: What to Expect from Volvo’s ES90

Published 5 January 2024

 

Volvo’s long-reigning flagship saloon, the S90, faces a challenge from a new contender. Details leaked from the automaker’s headquarters suggest an upcoming model, currently known only by its codename V551. It could potentially replace the S90 and if Volvo follows its current naming conventions it may be called the Volvo ES90.

When will the Volvo ES90 arrive?

According to Swedish outlet Teknikens Värld, Volvo’s paperwork in China suggests the ES90 will enter full production in May 2024, likely starting deliveries in 2025.

What platform will the ES90 use?

Building on the success of the Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3, the upcoming ES90 electric sedan will likely utilise the versatile Scalable Product Architecture (SPA2) platform. While the Polestar  boasts a more premium bonded aluminium architecture, opting for SPA2 allows Volvo to strike a balance between performance, efficiency, and affordability for the ES90.

This is the second generation of Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture, a vehicle platform used to build their electric car lineup. It debuted in 2023 with the Volvo EX90 and Polestar 3. Compared to the first-generation SPA platform, SPA2 is specifically designed for electric vehicles and offers several advantages:

  • More spacious interiors: The lack of a bulky engine and transmission provides more space for passengers and cargo.
  • Longer driving range: The platform is optimised for battery efficiency, leading to longer range on a single charge.
  • Improved performance: Electric motors offer instant torque and powerful acceleration.
  • Advanced safety features: The platform allows for integration of the latest safety technologies.
  • Sustainable materials: Volvo emphasises the use of recycled and sustainable materials in SPA2 vehicles.

How much range will the Volvo ES90 have?

Leaked details of Volvo’s upcoming V551 EV reveal a powerful punch: 373 miles of range from a 111 kWh battery. Expect dual-motor AWD and single-motor RWD options.. 

How big will the Volvo ES90 be?

Leaked specifications hinted at the size of the upcoming flagship saloon – the ES90 measures 4,999mm in length, 1,547mm in height and 1,945mm in width, and has a wheelbase of 3,100mm. 

Where will the ES90 be produced?

The ES90 is Volvo’s first car developed entirely by the company’s China-based R&D team. Production will take place in China, at a factory owned by Volvo’s parent company, Geely. This strategic move hints at the burgeoning Chinese electric car market, where the ES90 is likely to find a receptive audience.

Conclusion

This all-electric powerhouse will be Volvo’s fourth bespoke electric vehicle, joining the ranks of the EX30 crossover, EX90 SUV, and EM90 MPV. The ES90 is more than just a battery-powered S90; it’s a bold statement of Volvo’s commitment to a future free from fossil fuels.

 

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