Volvo has continued the gradual striptease of its upcoming electric SUV flagship, the EX90.
The large SUV is an electric successor to the XC90, and will be revealed in full later in November. It’s on track to come to Australia, although final timing hasn’t been locked in.
The latest teaser gives us our best look yet at the seven-seat SUV, which will take its inspiration from the Concept Recharge revealed in November 2021.
Through opaque filters we can see its LED light signatures, and a hint of a profile that appears to blend classic SUV proportions with a sleekness more in keeping with Volvo’s latest Cross Country wagons.
A series of detail shots reveals the wheels’ aerodynamic covers, the flush-fitting doorhandles, and the car’s closed-off snout. Volvo claims the car has a drag coefficient of 0.29.
Volvo has also shown off an image of the car’s roof-mounted LiDAR sensor, which is a key piece in the brand’s self-driving puzzle. Volvo says LiDAR could cut road accidents by 20 per cent when widespread.
All up there’s a set of eight cameras, five radars, 16 ultrasonic sensors, and that LiDAR sensor scattered in and around the Volvo EX90.
Inside, we’ve seen the EX90’s pared-back dashboard and vertically-oriented touchscreen. Volvo says “top priority” of the EX90’s dash design was allowing for the transition from manual to assisted driving modes, and later autonomous driving.
The car will debut a new architecture for Volvo. It will reportedly be an evolved version of the current car’s SPA architecture, which underpins the brand’s medium-to-large vehicles.
Electric SPA2 vehicles will reportedly offer a completely flat floor, shortened overhangs, and a more cabforward stance, while combustion-engined models will reportedly feature more conventional interior proportions.
Previous reports have indicated the XC90 replacement will be offered only with electric powertrains. The current XC90 will hang around for a few years longer to offer buyers who want petrol power an option.
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