Volvo is just about ready to retire the outdated S80 and today we get an early look at its successor thanks to several images depicting scale models. We don’t know for sure whether these are officially licensed products or just some replicas from a third company, but Swedish publication Teknikens Värld mentions this is indeed the look of Volvo’s brand new S90 mid-size sedan which will have to face some fierce competition coming from the German battalion (5-Series, A6, E-Class).
As expected, the styling is considerably different compared to the soon to be retired S80 and we notice up front there’s a prominent grille flanked by a pair of sleek headlights incorporating those fancy Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lights which we have already seen on the new XC90 and will likely be implemented on all Volvos from now on.
Taking into account the third side windows are now bigger and sit aft the C pillars, we can only assume the S90 will be considerably longer than its predecessor and thanks to the extended wheelbase will provide a far more accommodating interior cabin, with additional legroom for rear passengers. The sloped roofline gives the mid-size sedan a more dynamic look and hopefully it won’t have a negative effect on rear headroom.
As far as the rear end is concerned, those C-shaped taillights look massive and extend onto the tailgate which carries the large “Volvo” lettering. Also noticeable are the dual exhaust tips featuring an aluminum look while the trunk seems to be quite large so it should be able to haul a lot of luggage, making the S80 an ideal choice for longer trips with the family. Those who want even more room for cargo will have to wait for the V90 wagon body style set to join the range in the years to come.
The underpinnings are already known as the luxury sedan will utilize the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as the aforementioned second-gen XC90 SUV, so power will come exclusively from four-cylinder engines which might not sound overly impressive but should be enough for a relaxing drive.
A full reveal of the Volvo S90 is expected before the end of 2015 and will be followed in the years to come by a full-size S100 luxury sedan set to sit on top of the range.
Source: Teknikens Värld