The new Volvo EX90 is an all-electric SUV with seating for seven, ride on an all-new custom EV platform and safety is at the top of the list of features. There may be a whiff of a London taxi about the bulge above the windshield, but it’s home to Lidar technology that promises to make the EX90 smarter (and hopefully safer) than anything the Swedish company has produced before.
At 5037mm long, this thing is big, and also wide, 2039mm. Its 1,747mm height gives it a more aggressive stance than the Volvo XC90 it will replace when it hits the road in 2024. A drag coefficient of 0.29Cd, thanks to plenty of slick surfaces, means it’s more aerodynamic.
The big difference is the SPA2 platform on which the SUV is built. It’s the same thing that’s used in the recently unveiled Polestar 3, but in the case of the EX90, you get a decent seven-seater, which will make it instantly appealing to large families or to those small families who just aren’t so into it. we will.
There are two electric motors, powered by a powerful 111 kWh battery, good for a range of up to 372 miles. It will charge up to 250 kW, from 10% to 80% in a small range of less than 30 minutes if you can make use of a fast charger. The twin-engine model will have 517 horsepower, but like all new Volvos, its top speed will be limited to 112 mph. Of course, since it’s all-electric, torque on tap should be plentiful, with 910 Nm hiding under those tasty lines.
Speaking of which, the car is distinct, mainly due to the clear Lidar sensor, or laser scanner, located in a bulge above the windshield. This, according to Volvo, is key to making the EX90 smarter and safer than any previous models in its portfolio.
Combined with an array of cameras and other sensors, the Volvo EX90 will be able to scan the road ahead and identify objects far and wide. Volvo has teamed up with a wide range of technology suppliers to hone the look; For example, the Nvidia Drive system helps provide a 360-degree dynamic data feed of the road ahead. Qualcomm is also on board, equipping the Snapdragon Cockpit to help bolster its smart technology arsenal.
There are many other driver aids as well, with Volvo’s Pilot Assistant providing semi-autonomous driving capabilities. All this technology is presented to the driver via a dual-screen combination. In front of the steering wheel, the driver gets a thin digital landscape display, complemented by a large 14.5-inch screen in the center of the dashboard.
Key to usability is Google’s car-based Android platform, which means you get all the convenience of Google Maps, but there’s also the ability to enjoy Apple CarPlay wirelessly if you want to. The premium model for the UK market, called the Ultra, should appeal to audiophiles thanks to its 25-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system with Dolby Atmos.
Volvo is also preparing a completely new app, which will allow you to operate many of the controls from your phone, along with using your phone to do without the traditional switch. Great if you lose your car keys endlessly; Not great if you’re constantly doing the same thing with your phone. It’s nice to have the choice though, right?
If you are already a fan of the current Volvo range, there will be a lot of familiar things about the car, including a lot of practicality. There’s plenty of room, with a giant 1,915 liters available if you put all those rear seats down.
The design, especially in the interior, is also more minimalist in true Scandinavian style. Volvo has gone the extra mile to try to use more recycled materials in its interior design. The cockpit shades on offer are pretty cool too, with gray and white alongside traditional black available for anyone with messy kids to think of.
The EX90 will feature a range of new Nordeco seat trims that ditch the leather, but based on our touch test, it feels luxurious, resulting in a cumulative 49kg of recycled material in the interior alone. Meanwhile, Volvo is confident that it can become climate neutral by 2040 and plans to increase its use of recycled materials in the coming years.
Production of the new Volvo EX90 will begin in the United States during 2023, followed by China shortly after. Although it is possible to dig into the Volvo website and start deciding your preferred model, the cars won’t be delivered to customers until early 2024. Prices are also likely to change due to the current economic situation and schedules involved, but expect to pay less than 100,000 £1 to get the EX90 should float your boat. Range Roar owners can start cross-shopping now.
Volvo may have unveiled the super-sized EX90, but the company has also given a preview of another model coming in the future. With the promise of one electric car over the next five years, Volvo hasn’t revealed any concrete plans for its next project to follow up on the EX90.
However, towards the end of the Stockholm unveiling, it showed up on the big screen something somewhat similar to a crossover version of the EX90, which could indicate that an entry-level EV may be on the horizon.