Volvo EX90 electric SUV debuts with clean styling & 500+ hp

Volvo-EX90-electric SUV

A less fancy Polestar 3, but it has got the fanciest headlights

Starting with the EX90, Volvo plans to reveal one new fully electric car each year, and by 2030, the company aims to sell only fully electric cars as part of its plans to be a climate-neutral company by 2040. Prices in the UK start at £96,200 (or, £1,599 monthly subscription), and in the U.S. market, it’s gonna be under $80,000. Order books are already open in all major markets across the globe.

In case you didn’t get the memo, the Volvo EX90 is gonna replace the ICE-powered XC90, which means the end of production for the latter is not too far from now. As for styling, I personally like the EX90’s clean looks more than its predecessor. I think the designers have done a good job in incorporating the styling cues from the XC90; you don’t have to try too hard in conveying someone that the EX90 is a modern, all-electric version of the XC90.

The new Thor’s Hammer headlights are a production version of those in the Concept Recharge; the running lights have a motorized mechanism that splits them open in order to reveal the main headlights.

Being a modern Volvo means, of course, safety has been given a top priority—quite literally, in fact. The lidar sensor—supplied by Luminar, can apparently see small objects hundreds of metres ahead, creating more time to inform, act and avoid. All the sensors, cameras, radars and lidar are connected to the car’s high-performance core computers, where NVIDIA Drive AI runs Volvo Cars’ in-house software to create a real-time, 360-degree view of the world, the company said.

The styling is just as clean and minimal on the inside. A large, 14.5-inch central touchscreen dominates the dashboard and boasts Google built-in. In fact, the software it runs on is based on Android OS. Wireless Apple CarPlay & Android Auto; standard 5G connection; Bowers & Wilkins audio system with Dolby Atmos, and standard smartphone-as-a-key, are some of the other key highlights. The audio system also features headrest-integrated speakers for an immersive experience.

And of course, you also gotta talk about recycling, right? Volvo says that the EX90 contains approximately 15% of recycled steel, 25% of recycled aluminium as well as 48 kg (106 lbs) of recycled plastics and bio-based materials, which corresponds to around 15% of the total plastic used in the car—the highest level of any Volvo car to date.

Also, the EX90 is the first Volvo car equipped with all the necessary hardware to enable bi-directional charging. It’s a technology whereby you can use your car battery as an extra energy supply, to power your home or other electronics, for example.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, the EX90 will initially be available with twin-motor all-wheel-drive powertrain, offering combined figures of up to 380 kW (517 metric hp) and 910 Nm (671 lb-ft); same figures as those of the Polestar 3 with the Performance Pack. A 111 kWh battery pack is estimated to offer a WLTP range of up to 600 km (373 mi).

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