Volvo’s 90 Series Gains Powertrain, Safety And Connectivity Updates

Volvo’s S90, V90 and XC90 are practically new to the market, yet the automaker wants to keep them constantly updated with the latest technology.

Coming to join the safety tech systems that are already available is the Slippery Road Alert, which collects road surface info from cars further ahead and warns drivers approaching a slippery surface. Another fresh feature is the Hazard Light Alert, which warns whoever is behind the wheel of vehicles that have activated their hazard warning lights, providing them with enough time to safely slow down.

In addition to the latest safety equipment, the Swedish have also introduced several new Drive-E powertrain variants, which promise to deliver “an attractive balance of fuel economy and drivability”. In the S90, the D3 four-cylinder diesel engine, which is also available with all-wheel drive, returns 4.3 l/100 km (54.7 mpg US) and emits 114 g/km CO2 regardless of the gearbox choice, which could include the new six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

The smartphone integration offering already includes Apple CarPlay, but Volvo has now added Android Auto functionality as well. Moreover, the 90 series will also get the Over-The-Air navigation update, which ensures that the car always has the latest maps on-board. Finally, the color palette has received a new shade, called Maple Brown, which can be ordered on the S90 and V90.

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  • rover10

    I saw the wagon on a dealers lot the other day, and was impressed by how crisp and elegant the styling was.

    • Big Black Duck

      IK… I am getting the Outback because I cannot afford this …such a beautiful car…

      • Tostik

        Subarus deliver great value for the money, which is why they’re growing so fast in the US. But if you’re willing to wait a few years for Volvo ’90s coming off lease, they’ll be about half-price. The Volvo certified used program is one of the best there is, and you can get a great warranty too.

        • BGM

          And that’s probably how I’ll get my V90 Crosscountry… Drooling until then…

          • Tostik

            I got my 2006 2.5T AWD XC90 in 2009 just off lease. It was loaded out, and new, it would have cost about $46,000. I paid $23,000. It’s been a spectacular car, interior and exterior still in great shape, and it’s last repair was 4 years ago. I’m thinking I might go for a new XC90 this time–think I could afford $60,000, but I haven’t decided yet. And the V90 Cross Country is a fantastic looking car, better than the XC90, IMO.

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