2021 Volvo S90 Spied Without Camouflage
Volvo had publicly announced the redesigned S90 sedan and V90 wagon earlier this year, in February. Unlike the previous models, the car received a mild facelift – revised bumpers, new fog lamps, new taillights, and different alloy wheels. Sadly, the carmaker still awaits the international launch of the car.
Recently, in Malaysia, the 2021 Volvo S90 facelift was spied without camouflage, hinting to be an imminent launch on the South Asian market followed by India early. We do not expect any changes to Volvo‘s current powertrains on offer, as this is just a mid-life refresh. The test model had a ‘T8 AWD Recharge’ on its rear, meaning this is the hybrid plug-in version.
The 2021 Volvo S90 T8 is powered by a 2.0-liter petrol engine, with both an onboard supercharger and a turbocharger. This is coupled to an automatic 8-speed transmission, and also has an electric motor mounted on the rear axle. The combined power output from the PHEV powertrain is rated at peak power and maximum torque of 400 PS and 640 Nm respectively, which is very impressive for a fairly small engine.
There are also other engine options; one is a non-plug-in hybrid version of this 2.0-liter (with supercharger and turbocharger) engine which generates 320 hp and 400 Nm. The other is a turbocharged version of this 2.0L engine (without hybrid plug-in and supercharger) that generates 250 PS and 350 Nm. Volvo will also introduce a mild-hybrid feature to the vehicle, improving the fuel economy by a reported 15 percent.
Also on offer is a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that can produce 190 PS and 400 Nm. This diesel engine is the only powertrain on the India-spec S90 but we expect things to change after the facelift launch. The new model may also be given an option for a petrol engine, which will help to extend its range.
The current Volvo S90 sedan is priced in India (ex-showroom, New Delhi), at Rs. 58.9 lakh. At a small premium over the current model, we expect the facelift model to arrive in India sometime during mid-2021.
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