Text and Photos by Iñigo S. Roces
Volvo is poised to disrupt the luxury sedan market with the arrival of its all-new flagship sedan, the 2017 S90. Dubbed by the Swedish automaker as their ‘Magnum Opus’, the new S90 joins the 90 Series lineup, which includes the new XC90 SUV launched late last year.
Like the flagship SUV that first to debut it, the S90 gets Volvo’s signature Thor’s Hammer LED headlight design, flanking a larger, concave front grille. The vehicle features understated design with only a broad shoulder line and chrome strip accentuating its side profile. Large 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels add flair to the side, shod on Michelin P Zero tires. It bears a coupe-like form to cleverly hide its length. Behind, C-shaped taillights wrap around the corners. Dual integrated exhaust pipes peek from underneath the bumper.
The they may are starkly different vehicles, the S90 is built upon the same ‘Scalable Product Architecture’ (SPA) platform that underpins the XC90. It is comprised of a safety cage that is built with different grades of steel that combine to provide rigidity and energy absorption. Volvo has also provided provisions for the vehicle to be upgraded in the future, with an electrical system that enables easy installation of new technology in safety, infotainment and vehicle dynamics.
The interior of the flagship sedan is upholstered in high-quality leather and is accented by soft-touch materials. Luxurious wood panels and piano-black trim line the door cards, dashboard and center console. Like the XC90, it features a glass knob for its drive mode selector. The center dashboard is dominated by a tablet-size touchscreen infotainment system. The driver, in turn, will be treated to a digital instrument panel, with customizable dials and displays to suit his needs.
Propelling the S90 is a choice of turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four gasoline and diesel engines. The turbocharged gasoline engine, dubbed the T5, produces 250 PS, 350 Nm of torque. The turbo-diesel, D4, produces 193 PS and 400 Nm of torque. Either engine is regulated by an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Naturally, safety is the S90’s strongest suit, with a broad array of standard technologies. These include front, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction and spin control, rear collision warning, and lane departure warning.
The more novel features included are park assist, which can steer the vehicle into a parallel parking slot; active high beam assist, with lights that turn with the wheels and dim for oncoming vehicles; and city safety collision avoidance assist, which scans the road for oncoming vehicles, cross traffic and slowing vehicle and applies the brakes when needed.
The 2017 Volvo S90 is offered in two models, the T5 at P4,195,000, and the D4, at P3,995,000.