The Volvo S90, the Swedish automaker’s new flagship luxury sedan, will be launched in South Africa towards the end of 2016 and, the automaker says, “set benchmarks for comfort, luxury, technology, design, efficiency – and semi-autonomous driving.”
The sedans will build on a foundation laid by the XC90 (already in South Africa) and compete in the “large sedan” segment with Volvo’s latest very efficient power trains and semi-autonomous driving technology.
Greg Maruszewski, managing director at Volvo Car South Africa, told The Corner in a media release: “The new XC90 made an enormous impact around the globe – including winning the 2016 South African Car of the Year title – the S90 is a continuation of Volvo’s renaissance.
“This new large sedan has cemented itself as a stand-out player in a tough luxury segment. We believe it to be a value-packed alternative to segment stalwarts.”
D5 and T6 all-wheel drive versions will arrive in South Africa later in 2016 in two trim levels, Momentum or Inscription. The rest of the range, with front-wheel drive, will arrive during the course of 2017 – D4, T5 and R-Design variants.
The T8 Twin Engine will follow.
Peter Mertens, senior vice-president for research and development at Volvo Car Group, said at the international recent launch event in Spain: “The S90 has taken a big stride with driving dynamics, performance and ride. We’ve redesigned the Volvo driving experience to deliver precision, engaging control and comfort.”
The range, Volvo says, has efficient and powerful Drive-E engines with the range-topping T8 Twin Engine (300kW/640Nm) creating only 44g/km of carbon dioxide (way below the South African pollution tax threshhold) yet able to send the car to 100km/h in 5.2sec.
MODELS AND PRICES
Volvo S90 D4 Geartronic Momentum – R698 500
Volvo S90 D4 Geartronic Inscription – R742 000
Volvo S90 D4 Geartronic R-Design – R727 500
Volvo S90 D5 Geartronic AWD Momentum – R777 700
Volvo S90 D5 Geartronic AWD Inscription – R821 200
Volvo S90 D5 Geartronic AWD R-Design – R806 700
Volvo S90 T5 Geartronic Momentum – R675 200
Volvo S90 T5 Geartronic Inscription – R718 700
Volvo S90 T5 Geartronic R-Design – R704 200
Volvo S90 T6 Geartronic AWD Momentum – R828 400
Volvo S90 T6 Geartronic AWD Inscription – R871 900
Volvo S90 T6 Geartronic AWD R-Design – R857 400
The updated D5 twin-turbo diesel uses air compression to avoid low-rpm turbo lag.
All S90 models will have Volvo’s ‘Pilot Assist’ semi-autonomous technology: they can run at up to 130km/h at a set speed without any input from the driver – provided there are clear lane markings which, of course, is something of a challenge on South African roads.
The system, Volvo says, is intended to allow the driver to relax behind the wheel and enjoy the journey.
Volvo adds: “Fully-autonomous Volvos will be available in Sweden, China and the UK over the next few years; the version on the S90 is but a step closer to a new driving world.”
“The S90 will reintroduce the Volvo brand to the large executive sedan segment in South Africa,” the automaker added, “to bring Swedish luxury.”
Prices will be set closer to the time of local launch but, if you’re interested, they should run from mid-R600 000 to R900 000.