Volvo has had a lot to say concerning the EX90, its forthcoming totally electrical SUV. Introduced in November 2022, this can be a automotive that is so loaded with tech you would be forgiven for considering it is principally only a smartphone on wheels. The tech manufacturers that Volvo has turned to definitely means that, with Nvidia’s Drive platform, Snapdragon Cockpit and Google utterly built-in for seamless entry to its apps.
We set our eyes on the brand new Volvo EX90 on the firm’s headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, earlier than deliveries begin in early 2024, with a value just below £100,000 within the UK.
2024 Volvo EX90
The Volvo EX90 carries with it some acquainted Volvo design cues, evolving the XC90, whereas taking the corporate’s SUVs into the long run. It is a new flagship from Volvo, setting the usual for future automobiles from the model. It is costly, nevertheless it additionally has loads to supply.
Take one take a look at the Volvo EX90 and you will be forgiven for considering it is Volvo’s XC90. The XC90 is a big automotive by European requirements, dominating roads majestically, with hallmarks of Volvo design by the years. The Thor’s Hammer headlights are the obvious signature, right here not only a daytime operating mild, however opening as much as reveal the correct headlights behind whenever you want them.
However trying down the flanks of this automotive, these pronounced shoulders are harking back to Volvos stretching again a long time, a extra streamlined tackle these boxy seems to be that Volvo provided prior to now.
There’s now an enclosed entrance, though there are nonetheless vaned panels to the underside that may open and shut to supply further airflow, for instance to chill the battery when charging. The rear of the automotive maybe sees the most important general change, it is a a lot cleaner design than the XC90, a lot much less fussy, whereas little particulars, just like the flush door handles preserve a pleasant streamlined aesthetic.
These with eagle eyes might need noticed one thing uncommon with the wing mirrors. Volvo has retained a glass mirror (though it is now frameless which seems to be nice), nevertheless it’s sitting on a stem that integrates cameras. This kinds a part of the EX90’s 360 imaginative and prescient system, feeding in information to empower the motive force help capabilities.
The obvious component within the design sits on the roofline. Above the windscreen there is a bump housing the lidar. At first look it seems to be prefer it ought to say “taxi” on it, however Volvo defined to us that the positioning is to permit the lidar a greater view. It additionally has to sit down proud because the entrance glass can solely be positioned at a selected angle, or the lidar could be much less efficient due to reflections off the within.
That lidar bump would possibly divide opinion, nevertheless it’s elementary to programs that Volvo has geared up the automotive with to maintain you secure on the highway, and finally, take additional steps in direction of becoming an autonomous car. Volvo says this is likely one of the most secure automobiles on the highway.
A brand new inside
As is now widespread in electric cars, there is a battery within the flooring of the EX90, with a so-called skateboard design for the platform. Meaning a low centre of gravity, whereas additionally affording extra space to the cabin – so you may have a flat flooring for instance.
Sustainability stays necessary, with recycled and sustainable supplies used as broadly as doable, like woollen materials. The primary impression is one among spaciousness, with the panoramic roof (an ordinary characteristic) boosting the sunshine within the cabin. The EX90 is a seven-seater, with energy folding seats within the third row, which can rapidly fold down to increase the rear stowage house. There is a small frunk too.
We have not had the prospect to expertise the consolation of the seats for any nice time period as we have not had the prospect to drive the automotive but, however there is a good minimalist ambiance to the inside. That minimal theme is one thing that Volvo has been chasing for a while, lowering buttons and controls.
That is felt throughout the inside, with the 15-inch central show dealing with just about every little thing and steering wheel buttons for the remaining. There’s nonetheless a dial on the centre console – conveniently positioned so you do not at all times have the jab on the display, together with a charging pad on your telephone. In any other case you are taking a look at fairly clear strains, punctuated by a proliferation of audio system from the 25-piece Bowers & Wilkins sound system.
The inside expertise
The motive force show is minimalised within the EX90, with Volvo bumping some important particulars to a heads-up show as an alternative, whereas the central display takes care of every little thing else. That is not an unusual place: Tesla has eradicated the motive force show in lots of fashions, whereas the forthcoming VW ID.7 does the same – simply the necessities for the motive force show and the remaining on the HUD.
The mannequin we examined was a pre-production prototype, so the inside shows weren’t functioning as they may within the remaining model of this automotive, however we will see how they’ve developed from one thing like the XC40 Recharge. There are local weather management capabilities throughout the underside of the show, with widgets for necessary apps and plenty of house for mapping.
Importantly, that is an Android system, utilizing Google companies to energy issues. There’s Google Maps and Google Assistant to take your voice requests. Volvo has mentioned that Unreal Engine drives on on-screen visuals, whereas Snapdragon Cockpit powers every little thing. That every one sits behind the scenes, nonetheless, what’s extra necessary is which you can join your telephone to entry Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, as you may in different automobiles.
We do not actually know the way nicely the tech resolution hangs collectively within the EX90 and that is most likely going to be the final piece of the puzzle that falls into place. There’s much more happening – there are inside radars to detect motion, IR cameras to keep watch over driver attentiveness, the lidar system in addition to 5 radar, 4 short-range cameras, two long-range cameras, ultrasonic sensors and extra, designed to present the EX90 a whole image of issues exterior the automobile, in addition to inside.
Volvo EX90 battery and vary
In lieu of driving the EX90, all we will do at this stage is speak about what we all know – and what we all know from different Volvo electrical automobiles within the Recharge vary. The Volvo EX90 is provided with a 111kWh battery (gross) with a 107kWh nominal use. This places it in the identical form of capability band as one thing like the BMW i7 or Mercedes EQS.
The vary that Volvo is citing is 600km – 370 miles – WLTP. This after all has a whole lot of variables as all electrical ranges do, however that you must think about that this can be a 2750kg automobile, so that you’re hauling round a whole lot of weight. However the cited ranges are 21kWh per 100km, which might equate to about 3 miles per kWh. In the event you’re conversant in electrical automobiles, you may know that is in direction of the low aspect, however once more, we’re speaking about an enormous automotive. Actual world figures, after all, might be wildly completely different.
However that is additionally launching as an all-wheel drive mannequin, with both a 300kW output or 380kW, the latter providing a 0-62mph time of below 5 seconds, which is terrifyingly quick for a automotive of this measurement. It is going to additionally provide 250kW charging, which (if you could find a charger that helps that capability) will recharge you very quickly in any respect.
There’s some engineering to spice up effectivity on this AWD mannequin too, with the rear motor in a position to be disconnected, so that you’re solely driving it from the entrance wheels. That is fairly widespread on all-wheel drive programs, typically utilizing all of the wheels to speed up, after which solely the entrance wheels to keep up pace when you’re as much as tempo. It is going to additionally provide intelligent torque vectoring, in a position to apply the ability intelligently to keep up grip and increase efficiency.
After all we’re nonetheless ready to truly get behind the wheel and see what these numbers produce – we’re anticipating a refined drive like the present Recharge fashions in Volvo’s line-up
The Volvo EX90 has set out its stall primarily based on its excessive stage of expertise. Volvo remains to be making an attempt to ship on an ambition to make sure that no Volvo is in or causes an accident and the corporate is satisfied that that is the most secure Volvo ever. It is also prepared for the long run, in a position to ship increased ranges of self-driving autonomy, principally solely held up by laws.
However apart from all that, it is also pushing a special sort of luxurious for consumers. There aren’t many pure electrical automobiles of this measurement – the BMW iX perhaps, the Mercedes EQS SUV – and we already know from the success of the XC90 that there is an urge for food for Volvo’s manner of doing issues. The curiosity within the Volvo EX90 has already been excessive – however we will have to attend a bit longer to be taught extra about it.