Production of the new Volvo S90L will start in China late next year. The S90L will be build in the new Volvo factory in Daqing City in Heilongjiang Province. The S90L is basically a stretched variant of the generation Volvo S80, which is based on Volvo’s new SPA platform that also underpins the new Volvo XC90. It is the second time Volvo is using the S90 name after the 1996-1998 S90 sedan.
The S90L will be manufactured in China where it will compete directly with the locally made & stretched Audi A6L, BMW 5Li, and Mercedes-Benz E-class L. The S90L is expected to launch in China in late 2015. Power will come from the same engines as in the new XC90: T5 257hp 2.0 turbo, T6 325hp 2.0 turbo-supercharged, and a hybrid T8 405hp 2.0 turbo-supercharged + electric motor.
At the same time Volvo is developing the full size Volvo S100, which will compete with the A8, 7-Series, and S-Class. Design will be based on the Volvo Concept Universe that debuted on the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show. The S100 will debut sometime around 2018.
Geely boss Li Shifu has long been dreaming about a big Volvo sedan to take on the Germans, but he was always hindered by conservative-minded Swedish executives in Gothenburg. It seems Li finally got what he wanted now, with not just one but two new luxurious limousines under development.
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