• The 2024 EX90 is Volvo’s first purpose-built electric car.
  • Volvo also describes the three-row EX90 as its flagship SUV.
  • The EX90 will hit US showrooms in early 2024 and is expected to start at $80,000.

Volvo boasts that its current lineup is fully electrified, meaning that every car’s drivetrain — including gas cars — has at least some electric battery. However, the brand’s stated goal is to go much further and from 2030 sell only battery-powered electric cars, not gas-powered cars. XC40 Recharge and linked C40 Recharge, both adaptations of existing architecture. With the all-new EX90, which has been designed from the ground up exclusively for electric propulsion, we get our first look at the future of Volvo electric cars.

New EV architecture

The car will be available with a two-motor transmission that will drive all four wheels. The two permanent magnet motors produce 402 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque in the standard version. The Twin Motor Performance model will have 496 horsepower and 671 lb.-ft. Volvo estimates that the standard twin-engine EX90 will hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, with the Performance version cutting that time by a second. The chassis is air-sprung and the brakes measure 15.7/15.4 inches front/rear. The turning circle is 38.7 feet, about a foot less than the current XC90.

The EX90’s battery will have a useful capacity of 107.0 kWh with a target range of up to 300 miles. Using a 250.0 kWh connection, the EX90 will be able to charge from 10 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes. The car will also be included Connect and charge for automated payment at charging stations.

The EV EX90’s architecture allows for bi-directional charging, meaning the car’s battery can charge your home during power outages, or perhaps even sell the stored energy to the grid during peak hours. Volvo will sell the necessary software for home connectivity and energy management, but in which markets we see this opportunity remains to be seen. When you’re away from home, the EX90 battery can power accessories or lend power to another Volvo EV.

Most of the power unit is the same as the recently introduced one Pole star 3—battery capacity, motor torque and even the possibility of bidirectional charging.

Pushing the boundaries of security

The EX90 also promises to be “safer than any Volvo car that’s come before it.” This security push takes several forms.

Two cameras set up on the driver and a sensor on the steering wheel together determine the pilot’s level of alertness. If the driver becomes incapacitated, the system can stop the car on the side of the road and activate the hazard warning lights.

The vehicle radar is designed to detect a child or pet left in the vehicle. If the system detects a child or pet, it can display a reminder, prevent you from closing the door, and start the climate control system to maintain a comfortable temperature.

The car launches with Volvo Pilot Assist, which adds lane-changing functionality to its current lane-keeping capability. The EX90 will also come with equipment for possible “uncontrollable driving”.

EX90 design

The exterior design of the EX90 has been reviewed Recharge concept, though the EX90’s shape and proportions are more SUV-like than the concept, which is more like a low-roof wagon. In fact, the exterior dimensions of the EX90 are not that far removed from the existing XC90. The wheelbase remains the same at 117.5 inches, while overall length has grown by just over three inches to 198.3 inches. The EX90 is about an inch and a half wider at 77.3 inches, and about an inch lower at 68.8 inches.

To achieve a claimed drag coefficient of 0.29, the grille-less front end is rounded, the door handles and window glass are flush with the side body surface, and the wheels are partially covered. The car’s lidar sensors, which will eventually be used for self-driving, are located in a protrusion at the leading edge of the roof.

A new interior concept

The EX90 debuts a new interior design for Volvo and is largely similar to the Polestar 3. The spare, minimalistic dashboard features a large, vertically oriented central touchscreen for most functions. A smaller screen in front of the driver functions as a digital dashboard, displaying speed and range, as well as graphics of the vehicle and surrounding traffic.

Knobs and almost all physical buttons are off. Volvo tries to make it easier to navigate the large 14.5-inch central touchscreen by showing various functions on the main screen when the car is parked or in motion, or when a phone call is in progress or a sound is playing. A few of the main climate controls are at the bottom of the screen, very similar to modern Volvos. As with modern Volvos, the infotainment system is Google-based, but also supports Apple CarPlay with wireless connectivity.

Like many electric cars, the EX90 includes a panoramic glass roof, which may be gorgeous in the dark of a Scandinavian winter, but will add extra strain to the air conditioner in a Florida or Arizona summer.

In terms of dimensions, the cabin volume of the EX90 is very similar to the XC90. Front-, middle-, and third-row passenger legroom is within one inch of the existing car: 40.9, 36.5, and 31.9 inches. Cargo space is about the same, too, with the EX90 offering 13 cubic feet behind the rearmost seats and 68 cubic feet with the seatbacks folded. There is also a small frunk with a volume of just over one cubic foot.

Volvo has previously announced that its electric cars will have leather-free interiors, with the EX90 offering wool-blend fabric and textiles made from recycled plastic bottles. The FSC-certified wood trim details are illuminated for a ‘Scandinavian living room atmosphere’. The carpets are partially made from recycled materials. Volvo claims that 15 percent of all plastics used in the EX90 are recycled or bio-based.

Other tech highlights: The EX90 will come with smartphone-as-a-key functionality as standard. The top audio system from Bowers & Wilkins will have Dolby Atmos and play music through 25 speakers, including the headrests.

Prices and arrival date EX90

The EX90 will be built in Ridgeville, South Carolina, for the US market — alongside the Polestar 3 — and is expected to arrive in dealerships in early 2024. However, customers can pre-order their cars and then be able to finalize their EX90. specifications in the fall of 2023. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, with Volvo only saying the car will be “well-equipped for less than $80,000.” In addition to purchase or lease, the EX90 will be available through the brand’s Care by Volvo subscription plan. The model will be sold together the current XC90 at the top of the Swedish brand’s range before eventually supplanting the XC90. EX90 starts up a parade of Volvo electric cars, with the company saying it plans to introduce one new electric model a year. It will be interesting to see how close they are to the EX90.

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