Volvo has announced that the Volvo S90 sedan will be unveiled on December 2 in Sweden. Time thus for the best look ever at the S90 1:43 scale model that leaked in China. Today we have an ‘Onyx Black’ example, fresh from the box and viewed from every side.
This is an official ‘teaser’ image released by Volvo, oddly without mirrors. Check:
A perfect match.
This black car is one of two 1:43 Volvo S90 sedans that went missing from the toy factory after the initial disappearance of 20 cars. The other one is a ‘Liquid Blue’ example. At the same time two Volvo V90 wagons went missing as well, one in black and one in blue.
Volvo ordered 2000 models of the S90 and 2000 of the V90 from the French model maker Norev, who outsourced the job to a Chinese toy maker, where staff got a bit too excited. The remaining cars have likely been shipped to Sweden, because we haven’t seen any more cars in the wild.
The S90 seems to be a beautiful car, in four-door coupe style with a short rear end. Window frames in thick chrome, more chrome on the low end of the doors, mirrors, and a massive amount on the grille.
The S90 is the successor of the long-running Volvo S80. It will be launched on international markets in the first half of 2016, to be followed by the V90 wagon in late 2016 or early 2017. It will be manufactured in Sweden and later in its life in China as well.
The engine lineup of the S90 will be the same as on the recently launched Volvo XC90 SUV:
T5: 2.0 turbo: 257nm and 350nm.
T6: 2.0 turbo + supercharger: 325hp and 400nm.
T8: Drive-E hybrid. 2.0 turbo + supercharger and a 80hp electric motor. Total: 405hp and 640nm.
D4 diesel: 2.0 turbo: 193hp and 400nm.
D5 diesel: 2.0 twin-turbo: 228hp and 470nm.
A rather small sunroof and a shark fin antenna. Interior very similar to the XC90. White leather seats and light colored wood. Bench in the back should be big enough for three. Captain seats will likely be an option, especially for the Chinese market. Debut in China is scheduled for the Beijing Auto Show in April next year.
Steering wheel with a wood rim on top. There seems to be a head-up display (HUD) fitted on the dash in front of the steering wheel behind the windscreen. Mirrors are fitted on the door.
Large touch screen like in the XC90. Seats look rather thin and even a bit sporty.
‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights similar to those on the XC90.
Only letdown are the chrome elements in the bumper. Just like on the XC90 they don’t really do anything.
The taillights are truly gigantic. Volvo badge between the lights. S90 badge on the left.
Some Audi influences and some Jaguar, but still instantly recognizable as a Volvo.
Chrome strip connecting chrome pipes.
Rear will open like a conventional sedan, not like a lift back like the Audi A7.
Grille is a work of art, with a huge Volvo logo in the middle.
On its platform.
The bottom. To the left between the wheels: 1/43 Made in China. Top: NOREV. Below: Volvo S90.
Single muffler with two pipes.
The back of the box.
Sticker on box.
Text on box.
Box with in-box and car.
That’s is for the Volvo S90 for now. We will be back if we see more of the V90. And we also expect to see the real thing going through some testing in China soon.