On December 6, Volvo has finally taken the wraps off its seven-seat EV flagship SUV, the EX90 in China. It was already unveiled in Stockholm at the beginning of November and four weeks later the car debuts in China.
In 2023, the EX90 will be manufactured in the US and sold in the global market. Production starting in China will follow in 2024 in the Daqing factory (west of Heilongjiang province), where 90 series cars are made. Volvo is owned by Chinese billionaire Li Shufu and his Geely Holding.
Volvo EX90 is an electrified version of its SUV XC90. It is the third EV from Volvo after XC40 Recharge and C40 recharge. Volvo will optimize the product according to the feedback from its customers. Most of you might have known about the car’s design from the previous official pictures.
Volvo EX90 Design
The design of the Volvo EX90 follows the previous Volvo Concept Recharge concept car. On the front, it adopts a closed grille embedded with a luminous brand LOGO. Volvo divided the interior of Thor’s Hammer headlights into multiple small squares that give it a cyberpunk feel. In addition, the lower enclosure of the EX90 equips with an active grille which will help improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics.
On the sides, the EX90 follows the design of yachts, i.e. with hidden door handles and a low-drag rim design. It has a drag coefficient of 0.29Cd, which helps improve the battery life. The vehicle sports 22-inch five-spoke alloy wheels on the sides.
The vehicle sports a lidar sensor on top of the front edge of the car. It can detect objects up to a distance of 250 meters with a reflectivity of 10%. Volvo will equip EX90 with 16 ultrasonic sensors, 8 cameras and 5 radars, and Nvidia Orin chips. The computing power will reach 250 TOPS (Tera Operations per Second). Volvo EX90 will be the first to equip with a dual-camera DUS (Driver Understanding system) driver perception system. It consists of a capacitive steering wheel and two cameras, which can obtain driver status information and integrate it with intelligent driving algorithms. Once it detects that the driver is no longer focused on driving and needs to provide support, the car will intervene.
It will take necessary decisions for complete safe driving, such as reducing the vehicle’s speed, lane-keep assist or even braking the vehicle. Volvo also brings ultra-sensitive radar sensors to EX90. It will help to detect whether children or pets are left in the car. Often, there are incidents when small parents leave their small kids in the rear seats and end up getting killed. These sensors can alert the owner, and they will help with their safety.
Volvo will follow its Scandinavian minimalist style on the interior of EX90. The brand equips it with a 14.5-inch floating central control screen in the centre. The control screen sports Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 chip that supports OTA upgrades. It gets a three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel that equips with touch buttons. Even though it has a smaller instrument panel, it has all the required functions.
It can display driving-related information, such as speed, cruising range, navigation route, etc. The EX90 will be the first model from Volvo to feature headrest audio. Volvo still uses the audio brand Bowers & Wilkins. The brand also uses Nordico upholstery for the interior. It is made from recycled materials such as PET plastic bottles, corks and extensive use of natural materials.
Power and battery details
In terms of power, the Volvo EX90 is built on the SPA2 platform with dual motors and provides two different adjustments. The low-power version of the vehicle has a power of 407 hp and a torque of 770 Nm. In contrast, the high-power version has a power of 503 hp and a torque of 910 Nm. The vehicle can reach 100 km/hour in just 4.9 seconds. It has a 111kWh battery capacity and a WLTP cruising range of 467 km and 600 km, depending on the variants.
It supports fast charging and can charge from 10 to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The vehicle will support Plug and Charge, i.e. will automatically start charging the machine and sort payment after plugging into a compatible charger. In the future, it would feature bi-directional charging allowing it to send power to a home through a bi-directional wall box. It will be available only in selected markets.