Volvo’s S80 replacement has been long overdue, and now – Volvo has addressed this – in the form of the all-new S90, priced at Rs 53.5 lakh(ex-showroom, Mumbai) for the fully-loaded Inscription model, the only variant on sale in India at the moment.
The new S90 may appear a little box-shaped at first, but it takes a while its understated elegance; the Thor headlamps, for instance, look fantastic, the large grille and the dominating tail lamps at the rear.
The S90 boasts of a very tempting features list that includes four-zone climate control, satellite navigation, auto-park assist, electrically adjustable front seats with ventilation and memory, a powered boot release and a Bowers & Wilkins audio system with a sub-woofer.
Beneath the humongous bonnet lies a 190hp 2.0-litre diesel unit, for the moment – linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. A 235hp, twin-turbo diesel unit with all-wheel-drive is on the cards for the future as well. A petrol hybrid may well be in the pipeline too.
Volvo’s latest ‘luxury liner’ will take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF. But as a CBU import, of course.