The Volvo EX90 EV will compete with BMW’s iX, Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, Audi E-tron, Tesla Model X and Cadillac Lyriq
Volvo, the Swedish premium automobile manufacturer aims to become an electric-only brand by 2025. Its transition to an all-electric line-up is set to continue with the new flagship SUV called the EX90. This model will be positioned above the gasoline-powered XC90 when it enters the market as a 2024 model. This November, Volvo will unveil this all-electric SUV and will eventually replace the current XC90.
Based on the Concept Recharge show car from 2021, the car will be sleeker than the XC90 and maintain the Volvo styling tradition with elements such as Thor’s Hammer LED headlamps and vertically oriented taillights. It looks well-proportioned with simple grilles, chrome and unique details.
From the side, it looks like a stretched XC60 wearing Polestar sheet metal with prominent shoulder lines and well-chiselled fenders. At the rear end, the cascading tail lamps of the predecessor will be replaced with a split-unit. There comes a full-width, C-Clamp unit like a secondary LEDs positioned vertically at both ends of the rear glass.
Volvo EX90 EV: Entertainment Galore
The interior images feature a horizontally themed dashboard with a huge portrait-style infotainment screen, but they don’t show any instrument cluster ahead of the driver. Critical driver information will come from a steering column-mounted display or a head-up display system.
Simple looking air vents run the entire width of the dash, and the central armrest has a multilevel, freestanding setup with clever storage solutions. On the tech-front, Android-powered infotainment with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and over-the-air updates (OTA) are included.
The EX90’s assisted driving and safety systems features newly developed sensors. Volvo’s new ‘Driver Understanding’ system has two cameras facing the driver. They monitor the face and eyes of the driver for any indications of distraction, drowsiness, and subsequently, the vehicle will warn the driver and occupants to pay attention to the road ahead.
The steering wheel will also be able to detect driver inputs for enhanced efficiency of the system. With increasing intensity of warnings, and if there’s no response, the vehicle will flash its hazards lights and safely pull off to the side of the road and stop.
The car has an advanced suite of eight cameras, five radar units, 16 ultrasonic sensors, and a forward-facing LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) machine. This system constantly scans the vehicle’s environment creating an ‘invisible’ 360-degree shield of safety, with the LiDAR system generating a 3D map of the path ahead of the vehicle.
Crash Reduction Technology and More
The roof-mounted LiDAR system will be able to map pedestrians up to 250 meters away. It will also be able to detect hard-to-spot objects, like a black tire on a dark road at night, up to 120 meters in advance. The new technology is expected to reduce severe crashes by up to 20%, and reduce overall crashes by 9%.
The company is yet to specify the Powertrain options but the output can be expected in the range of 400-455 hp. The storage department will have a 100kWh lithium-ion battery pack hitched with an 800-volt architecture, enabling competitive DC fast-charging and a driving range of over 372 miles (600 km).
The model will compete with electrified offerings like BMW’s iX, Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, Audi E-tron, Tesla Model X and Cadillac Lyriq and the car will be manufactured at the brand’s South Carolina production facility.
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