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2023 Volvo EX90 Flagship EV SUV, All you want to know & watch about a Great Car

 

All-New Volvo EX90 Flagship EV SUV Introduces Potentially Life-Saving Interior Radar Nanny

The EX90’s seven interior radar sensors can detect sleeping kids and pets, unbuckled belts, and break-ins.

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The upcoming Volvo EX90 all-electric SUV, the new flagship for the brand and replacement for the XC90, is rolling out its slow introduction in true Volvo fashion—by focusing first on all of its new safety tech before we even get a look at the thing. Last week, we learned about the EX90’s new driver monitoring system, with two cameras keeping an eye on driver awareness. This week, Volvo has announced a new array of seven radar sensors dotted throughout the interior of the new SUV, which can detect sleeping animals, unbuckled kids, and even vehicle break-ins.

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Volvo reports that U.S. government statistics show (at least) 900 children had died in the country since 1998 from being left in hot cars. The automaker didn’t run the numbers on how many pets have been tragically lost, but the numbers are likely higher than you’d think. Now the Swedish automaker, which has a legacy of prioritizing new safety features in its vehicles, wants to make sure something like that never happens in a future Volvo.

The seven new radar sensors are located in the overhead console, in the rear trunk space, as well as next to the roof-mounted reading lamps, and Volvo says the system can detect even a submillimeter of movement in the interior when it’s activated. The main purpose of the radar array system is to serve as a reminder warning that will activate if a pet or child is detected inside when the user goes to lock the vehicle.

If anything is detected to be moving, the driver is alerted and a reminder is displayed on the center console screen to check. Alternatively, Volvo says the system can be bypassed with a setting on the screen, and the climate control system can remain activated while parked with occupants inside. Company reps said the system prioritizes the climate control, so it sounds like it’s possible you could drain the high-voltage battery if you run it too long.

Volvo EX90 interior radar occupant detection

“The way we’ve been developing safety for decades is we identify the need, and then we address that and try to understand the mechanisms,” Volvo’s Lotta Jakobsson, an injury prevention specialist, told MotorTrend in an interview. “It all starts with understanding what needs there are. We’ve been aware of it for a long time, but we also want to have a good solution that is attractive for the user.

This technology is capable of detecting a sleeping child and sleeping pet, as well as anyone awake, or anyone else, like a mother-in-law, and it now does it with the accuracy we’re targeting. Supporting when you need it, but not in your face when you don’t ask for it.”

We also asked Volvo’s Gunnar Ohlsson, manager of “interior perception,” if the radar system could have other applications within the vehicle: “Even though the occupant presence reminder is the most highly focused area, we are also using the sensors for more natural movements of occupants.

We will use it for the seatbelt reminder functionality. We also use these sensors as input if someone is breaking into the car. It’s almost imagination that brings the limitations, what you can do in the future, so of course we are looking at possible ways of improving other functions for customers.” Ohlsson also said a remote mobile phone application integration with the radar system is a possibility for the future, as well.

Volvo says this system will be standard on the EX90, which will be revealed in full on November 9, and it will also pop up in future models. However, the radar array is a 60 GHz frequency, which some countries have yet to approve for automotive use, but Volvo says the tech will be good-to-go at launch in the U.S.

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2023 Volvo XC90 Starting at $57,095

9.5/10C/D RATING
blue denim 2023 volvo xc90 driving on a city street
  • HIGHS: Super-Swede styling, masterpiece of an interior, XC90 Recharge is a quick accelerator.
  • LOWS: No-adult third row, expensive second-row captain’s-chair option, at these prices pure EV SUVs start to look competitive.
  • VERDICT: While every Volvo XC90 delivers on the luxurious end of the business, only its plug-in powertrain will wow SUV shoppers who have a need for speed.

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Overview

Style, size, luxury appointments, and a stellar offering of important safety features make the Volvo XC90 a stately choice among vehicles in the huge mid-size luxury SUV segment. Available with seating for up to seven passengers, the three-row XC90 is Volvo’s biggest SUV, and it competes with class rivals such as the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Genesis GV80, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-class. The XC90 finishes among the best in our rankings in part thanks to an elegant interior rife with Swedish design influence.

Engines range from a 247-hp turbocharged inline-four assisted by a 48-volt mild hybrid system up to the XC90 Recharge’s turbocharged inline-four plug-in hybrid setup with a total of 455 horsepower. All XC90 powertrains are fitted with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. With a bias toward luxury, the XC90 aims to win over the upper-class buyers with high-quality interior materials and a practical max towing capacity of 5000 pounds.

What’s New for 2023?

The 2023 Volvo XC90 has fancy new names for its trim levels. What was formerly two trims—Momentum and Inscription—are now three: Core, Plus, and Ultimate. In an effort to transform its entire lineup into an electrified one, Volvo has eliminated its gas-only T5 and T6 engines, replacing them with four-cylinder-turbo B5 and B6 mild-hybrid powertrains. Additionally, Volvo adds three new metallic exterior colors, Bright Dusk, Platinum Grey, and Silver Dawn, while removing six previously optional paint choices.

The XC90 gets new Bright and Dark exterior themes, the latter replacing any chrome or shiny trim pieces with high-gloss black parts. A new Climate package, available on Core trims only, adds a heated steering wheel, rear seats, and a headlight cleaning system. A new Lounge package, available on Ultimate trims, adds front seat backrest massaging and a Nubuck suede-like headliner. New à la carte options include a Harman Kardon audio sound system, head-up display, 20-inch wheels for Core, and 21-inch wheels for Plus trims.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

Core
$57,095
Plus
$60,995
Ultimate
$70,295
Recharge Core
$72,995
Recharge Plus
$74,695
Recharge Ultimate
$80,995

Volvo allows for a decent amount of configurability when it comes to building the perfect XC90, but to find a good balance of opulence, price, and power we’d suggest starting with the Plus trim, adding the optional 295-hp B6 powertrain, and sticking with the cheaper seven-passenger bench-seat layout instead of paying the hefty price for second-row captain’s chairs.

At no additional cost, the Plus trim allows for the Maroon Brown leather-and-Charcoal interior, which comes with stylish walnut trim. Standard equipment on XC90 Plus includes a 360-degree camera, 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, and heated rear seats.

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Engine, Transmission, and Performance

In an effort to boost efficiency, Volvo has electrified the XC90’s powertrain offerings. Although a fully-electric XC90 doesn’t exist yet, even the Core base model receives help from a 48-volt electric motor bolted to a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine for 247 horsepower of combined output. Moving up to the B6 powertrain, available on Plus and standard on Ultimate trim levels, increases output to 295 horsepower.

The 455-hp T8 plug-in-hybrid XC90 Recharge is not only the most powerful of the group but also the most efficient with an EPA-rated 66 MPGe. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission come with every XC90, no matter the trim level or powertrain. The T8 Recharge shot to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds at our test track. As with many vehicles in this tallish class, the Volvo leans noticeably around curves, but its steering responses are accurate and the wheel has a pleasing heft that splits the difference between feather-light and heavyweight.

Our test car had the optional air suspension and provided a pleasant, insulated ride, and it handled most road situations well. Some clattering from the chassis over particularly sharp bumps betrays minor road imperfections, one of only a few grievances with the otherwise graceful XC90.

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Towing and Payload Capacity

Those interested in pulling boats, trailers, and other toys should be aware not every XC90 is capable of the model’s 5000-pound max tow rating. While every XC90 with the 295-hp B6 powertrain and XC90 PHEV can pull that much, the base Core 247-hp B5 powertrain is rated for 4000 pounds. These ratings don’t depend on whether you’re driving a seven- or six-passenger XC90; it’s all about the powertrain.

 

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

With the exception of its T8 plug-in-hybrid powertrain, the XC90 achieves similar fuel-economy ratings to many of its six-cylinder competitors. The 247-hp B5 powertrain gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city and 28 highway, while XC90’s with the 295-hp B6 powertrain gets 20 city and 26 mpg highway ratings.

The XC90 Recharge T8 gets an EPA-rated 66 MPGe and can go for as far as 36 miles on battery power according to the EPA. During our 75-mph real-world highway fuel economy test, the XC90 Recharge fell short of its EPA ratingearning just 58 MPGe and traveling 29 miles on battery power. For more information about the XC90’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

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Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The XC90’s interior is a masterpiece of the medium. From the attractive design to the quality of the materials, we wish there were more vehicles like this. Adults won’t be happy in the third row, despite the fact that it offers more legroom than similar rivals, but preteens can probably be persuaded, provided the journey is short. The XC90’s wide, boxy silhouette helps in the cargo-hauling department, but interior compartments aren’t as cavernous as in some competitors.

2023 volvo xc90 interior

Infotainment and Connectivity

A handsome, tablet-like 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard in all XC90s, and its operation is mostly intuitive. Every model has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability; a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot is optional. The system could be improved by adding more redundant hard buttons.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Volvo’s commitment to safety is legendary, and its three-row crossover has a loaded roster of driver-assistance technology. For more information about the XC90’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard lane-departure warning

 

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The XC90 has a merely average warranty plan versus competitors. However, Volvo outdoes them by offering excellent complimentary scheduled maintenance.

  • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  • Electrical components are covered for eight years or 100,000
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles

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Specifications

2022 Volvo XC90 Recharge T8 Extended Range
Vehicle Type: front-engine, rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 7-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $66,895/$84,090
Options: Inscription package (Nappa leather, heated and ventilated front seats, wood deco inlay, 20-inch wheels, tailored dashboard and upper door panels, Harman/Kardon premium sound, four-zone climate control), $6300; Bowers & Wilkens premium sound, $3200; air suspension, $1800;

Lounge package (Nubuck headliner, massaging front seats), $1700; Advanced package (air purifier, head-up display, surround view camera), $1650; 21-inch wheels, $800; Climate package (heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, headlight washers), $750, Pine Grey Metallic paint, $695; integrated center booster cushion for second row, $300

POWERTRAIN
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 312 hp, 295 lb-ft + AC motor, 143 hp, 228 lb-ft (combined output: 455 hp, 523 lb-ft; 14.9-kWh lithium-ion battery pack; 3.7-kW onboard charger)
Transmissions: 8-speed automatic/direct-drive

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.4-in vented disc/13.4-in vented disc
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season
275/40R-21 107W M+S VOL

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 117.5 in
Length: 195.0 in
Width: 75.7 in
Height: 69.9 in
Passenger Volume: 132 ft3
Cargo Volume: 11 ft3
Curb Weight: 5194 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.5 sec
100 mph: 11.3 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.1 sec @ 107 mph
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.0 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.3 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 115 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 184 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.81 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 29 MPGe
75-mph Highway Driving, EV/Hybrid Mode: 58 MPGe/28 mpg
75-mph Highway Range, EV/Hybrid mode: 29/520 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 26/25/27 mpg
Combined Gasoline + Electricity: 66 MPGe
EV Range: 36 mi

 

New Volvo EX90 to be revealed on 9th November 2022 with advanced safety tech

Swedish firm’s new flagship EX90 electric SUV will come loaded with next-generation safety and driver assistance systems when it makes its debut in November

Volvo has confirmed that its all-new, all-electric large SUV will be called EX90 and has also outlined some of the forthcoming machine’s advanced safety technology as part of Volvo’s vision of zero deaths and serious injuries in its new cars. The Volvo EX90 will be sold alongside XC90 plug-in hybrid variants still, Auto Express understands, and will be unveiled on the 9th November this year ahead of sales commencing at some point in 2023.

Our images show what the new machine could look like when it finally breaks cover later this year; these patent drawings were filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office and show an evolutionary design language for the large SUV.

As per Volvo’s focus on safety, the new EX90 will feature plenty of advanced equipment to protect pedestrians, cyclists and other road users, as well as occupants, and according to Joachim de Verdier, head of Safe Vehicle Automation at Volvo Cars, “We believe the EX90 to be the safest Volvo car to ever hit the road.

“We are fusing our understanding of the outside environment with our more detailed understanding of driver attention. When all our safety systems,sensors, software and computing power come together, they create a preventative shield of safety around you – and you won’t even know it’s there until you need it.”

Systems to be offered on the EX90 as a result include a new LIDAR set-up (light detection and ranging) which uses a scanning laser light to detect objects ahead. Volvo claims the tech can pick up a tyre lying in the road up to 120 metres ahead of the car’s path, for example, while it can pick up pedestrians up to 250 metres down the road.

This detection method works at highway speeds as well as in daylight and at nighttime; unlike a camera-based system light is not required for the LIDAR to work, so the level of protection offered is the same regardless of driving conditions. With LIDAR, Volvo claims accidents with severe outcomes can be reduced by up to 20 per cent, with overall crash avoidance improved by nine per cent.

In the EX90 the LIDAR system is accompanied by five radars, eight cameras and 16 ultrasonic sensors. The latter includes parking sensors, for example, while much of the other tech will still be used for pedestrian detection and lane keep assist, plus convenience features, such as surround-view when parking and semi-autonomous adaptive cruise control.

The EX90 will also be fitted with plenty of interior safety technology, including a driver understanding system that features two cameras trained on the driver to understand their concentration and attention levels.

The tech observes a driver’s eye-gaze patterns, measuring how much time is spent focusing on the road. Volvo believes a driver can actually focus too much on the road ahead and suffer from cognitive distraction, focusing on their thoughts and not the task of driving. Obviously too little attention paid to the road shows that they are visually distracted, potentially by a mobile phone or another device.

Combined with a capacitive steering wheel sensor that knows when the driver is gripping the wheel, the gaze monitoring tech will look to build a bank of driver behaviour data and intervene in a manner of different ways when needed.

This could be by a simple warning that grows in volume depending on the severity of the danger ahead sensed by the system, or the car can even bring itself to a stop by the side of the road and activate the hazard warning lights if no driver action is received.

The EX90’s exterior sensors will be incorporated in a new body, with the patent drawings showing Volvo’s now signature ‘Thor’s hammer’ headlights. The rear bumper and C-shaped light design clearly reference the outgoing XC90 but look sharper and more modern, while the new car’s overall proportions are very similar to the current XC90.

As per the all-electric powertrain offering, the EX90’s grille has been blanked off to reduce drag, with the new car based on Volvo’s new SPA2 platform that features a fully flat floor to house the car’s battery. Specifics on the propulsion system and a target range have not yet been revealed.

It was originally thought that new car could be called ‘Embla’. However, Volvo changed its CEO in March this year, with Briton Jim Rowan taking over. This could have been a key factor behind the brand’s U-turn on the car’s name; Volvo has also trademarked EX60, EX40, ES60, ES90, EV60 and EV90, potentially for all-electric version of its smaller SUVs and its saloon and estate models.

As such, there will be no pure petrol or diesel-powered versions of Volvo’s next big SUV that will rival cars such as the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Volkswagen Touareg in the large SUV segment. Indeed, by 2025 Volvo is aiming for 50 per cent of its sales to be of fully electric models.

The new EXC90 will introduce a new-generation interior for Volvo. As per the Concept Recharge that previewed this new car, the EX90 will still use a portrait-style central touchscreen, but the panel will be integrated into a much more minimalist environment.

The 15-inch central display will run a new-generation software called VolvoCars.OS, and will sit on a floating style dashboard; the pure electric powertrain and underfloor batteries make a central tunnel unnecessary, opening up further space inside the cabin and boosting practicality in the process.

We’ll see the new EX90 unveiled at the beginning of November this year, but full details on the new car’s powertrain, platform and other advanced technology could be drip-fed by Volvo before the covers come off the new car in autumn..

 

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