Volvo EM90 debuts with sophisticated styling and 700+ km range


Following the debut of the tiny EX30 electric SUV a few months ago, Volvo Cars is now offering the EM90 electric MPV, because you know, you gotta cater to everybody; remember, the world has vegetarians, non-vegetarians, vegans, eggiterians.. etc. But do note that the EM90 is going on sale in China first, with pre-ordering already available.

The EM90 is a handsome-looking MPV; in fact, I’d say it’s the best-looking MPV in its segment. I think it has a perfect blend of style, sophistication and proportions. The “grille” at the front hides lighting behind it and it performs a welcome animation in conjunction with the lights at the rear. But it’s really the Thor’s Hammer headlights that add the grand appearance to the vehicle. Overall, it’s a clean and fuss-free design that’ll please most of the target audience.

The EM90 will be available in four exterior colors, with warm tones apparently inspired by the interplay between nature and light: Palladium Sand, Tidal Grey, Crystal White and Onyx Black. While the vehicle does look pretty large in the photos here, it is only a little bigger than the standard-wheelbase W223 S-Class. It measures 5,206 mm long, 2,024 mm wide and 1,859 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3,205 mm. The van rides on 19-inch aerodynamically optimized wheels as standard. Max cargo capacity is claimed to be 1,826 litres.

Inside, there are three rows of seating, with the middle row featuring luxurious lounge seats. And, as you can also probably notice, the physical controls have been replaced with touchy stuff in the rear doors. Other key highlights include a 10.25-inch driver display, a 15.4-inch central touchscreen, a 15.6-inch folding roof display, a three-zone climate control system, an air quality system, and a 21-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system with 3D sound. The face-ID system automatically recognizes the driver to adjust car settings such as seat position, mirrors, entertainment system, etc.

The van comes equipped with a dual-chamber active air suspension system with electronically controlled dampers. ADAS include all the usual stuff such as lane assistance systems, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert with autobrake, collision avoidance and mitigation, etc.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the EM90 is powered by a single electric motor at the rear that offers a power output of 200 kW (272 metric hp) and a yet-to-be-disclosed amount of torque. A 116 kWh battery pack is claimed to offer a CLTC range of up to 738 km (458.5 mi), which if true, is more than sufficient for an enjoyable road trip with friends or family. Volvo is also happy to share that the EM90 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.3 seconds.

As with the EX90 flagship SUV, the EM90 is equipped with all the hardware necessary to enable bi-directional charging. This feature allows the user to basically use the EM90 as a giant power bank to charge other electric cars and appliances.

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