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New Delhi: Volvo has unveiled the new all-electric seven-seat EX90 SUV as the brand’s new flagship. The new EV, which will go on sale worldwide in 2024, is essentially an all-electric equivalent of the current Volvo XC90.

It’s the Swedish brand’s third electric model after the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge, but it’s the first to be powered by the special EV SPA2 architecture. It is closely related to the recently introduced Polestar 3, but unlike it, the EX90 has three rows of seats.

External design and dimensions

In terms of design, the EX90 is based on the Recharge concept introduced last year and is more of an evolution compared to the current XC90 SUV. The EX90 retains familiar Volvo design cues such as Thor’s knock-down headlights and the shrouded grille seen on the XC40 Recharge.

Its profile features recessed door handles and sharp-styled 22-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. There are some creases on the sides, but what resembles the XC90 is a large greenhouse. From the back, it has a rather unique split taillight design, with a C-shaped LED unit at the bottom and a pixel pattern at the top. In terms of dimensions, at 5037mm, the EX90 is slightly longer than the XC90. It’s also wider but slightly lower than the XC90.

The EX90’s design has been honed for aerodynamic efficiency to optimize range, and Volvo claims a drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd.

Interior design and features

The standout feature inside is the large 14.5-inch vertically oriented touchscreen with Volvo’s Google-based infotainment system. The EX90 comes standard with 5G connectivity to facilitate wireless updates.

Currently, the EX90 is only available with the top-of-the-line Ultra trim, which includes amenities such as a panoramic sunroof, a 25-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system with Dolby Atmos, and speakers integrated into the headrests. The standard equipment of the EX90 is phone key technology, where the smartphone functions as a car key.

The interior is upholstered in Nordico – fabric made from recycled materials including PET bottles and cork – and extensive use of natural materials. In total, Volvo says the EX90 contains 15 percent recycled steel and 25 percent recycled aluminum, as well as around 48 kg of recycled plastic and bio-based materials – around 15 percent of the total amount of plastics used in the car.

Safety technology

According to Volvo, the new EX90 is the safest car ever produced. The main focus is on the safety features, software and hardware that form the basis of SUVs. Most notably, it includes Lidar (light detection and ranging) as standard, with a sensor mounted on the leading edge of the roof. This will work in sync with a host of other internal and external sensors and cameras to operate advanced driver assistance and safety systems.

Initially, this will include the improved Pilot Assist system and lane change assist. Volvo says the systems will eventually offer a wireless subscription upgrade that will offer “unsupervised autonomous driving” in certain conditions and locations. Internal sensors can measure eye concentration and alert you to driving if you’re distracted or drowsy.

The new safety package, as well as the EX90’s infotainment and battery management systems, will be powered by a core software system that uses advanced Nvidia Drive platforms and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Cockpit platform mixed with Volvo’s own software.

Drive, battery and charging

The EX90 initially comes with a twin-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain with two power levels. The Twin Motor models get 408 hp and 770 Nm of torque, while the Performance models offer 517 hp and 910 Nm of torque. Both models will have a limited top speed of 180 km/h. Lower-powered single-engine versions are likely to follow later.

The energy is absorbed by a 111 kWh battery with a range of 600 km (WLTP cycle). The EV SUV supports fast charging and can charge from 10 to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes.

The EX90 supports the “Plug and Charge” function, which automatically starts charging the machine and processing payments when you connect it to a compatible charger.

Plus, you get bi-directional charging, which allows you to send power to your home through a bi-directional wall box. The service will initially be offered only in select markets.

Volvo EX90 EV presentation details

Production of the Volvo EX90 will begin at the company’s Charleston plant in the United States at the end of next year, and later at the company’s Chengdu plant in China. Volvo says it intends to make production at both plants climate-neutral by the time production begins.

Volvo has committed to becoming an all-electric brand by 2030, and says the EX90 is the first of a series of new all-electric cars it will launch each year to meet the target. The company hasn’t confirmed what’s next after the EX90, but it’s known to be working on an entry-level SUV that will sit below the XC40, with an electric counterpart to the current XC60 likely to be a priority.

Volvo is planning electric cars for India

Volvo recently decided to phase out existing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in favor of electric vehicles. In India, the Swedish automaker has announced plans to launch one electric car every year. The XC40 Recharge was launched earlier this year, the C40 Recharge is slated for 2023 and the EX90 is expected to follow in India sometime after that.



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