Volvo revealed the EX90 on November 9, making it the first EV from the brand that isn’t a Polestar. Packing a performance version, features for (eventual) autonomous driving, and a barebones interior, the Swedes have brought on quite a lot to talk about.
The stock variant’s powertrain consists of dual-motors sending 402 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, capable of a 5.7-second 0-60 mph sprint. The similar setup of the Twin Motor Performance trim grants a boost, giving 496 hp and 671 lb-ft of torque. The performance version does 0-60 in 4.7 seconds.
Equipped with air suspension and a 107 kWh battery, it’s pursuing a range of 482 km. The car allows for charging other EVs, or even your own home when the power’s out. The equipment for charging to other sources isn’t standard though.
Inside, you’ll find an interior crafted out of recycled plastics and other environmentally-friendly materials. Look over to the dash and you’ll find plains of a wheel, a comically-large screen and nothing else. We are sure the simplicity will be appreciated by some, for there is less clutter. The smaller, pencil-case sized screen serves as the instrument cluster. No longer is it the age of proper speedos and such, Volvo thinks a small screen should do well enough; though we suppose an EV wouldn’t have much need for all the info on a regular speedometer.
The 14.5-inch infotainment system has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as any new car should. What other cars don’t have, is its smart capability of adjusting the interface depending on the movements of the car. As you would expect, most interior features are only accessible through it, and that includes opening the glovebox. Why such a function is kept behind the screen, we will never know. Passengers will be spoiled by a 25-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system that also features Dolby Atmos. There are cameras that will supervise the driver and pull over in situations where the driver is unable to fully control the vehicle, and an in-car radar that could detect if you left anyone or a pet inside. It can send reminders to your smartphone, which also acts as the keyfob. It is also capable of using the climate controls to facilitate trapped passengers. So you won’t return to broken windows and an angry crowd; or worse, sirens. Other features include a panoramic moonroof and the Pilot Assist system for all sorts of lane assists.
Lidar sensors are also included, and Volvo says that the EX90 will be capable of “unsupervised driving when the time comes. Truth be told, we also see bits of the XC90 in its proper SUV design, so it’s great to see that it’s not another space-waster of a 3-row seater; the latter of which is probably why it’s not a coupe SUV. Bra jobbat, Volvo.
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