The 2024 Volvo EX90 will be the car that cements the Swedish automaker’s pivot to electric vehicles for North America. Revealed to the world on Wednesday morning in Stockholm, this new seven-seat battery-electric crossover is the successor to the XC90 SUV that redefined the brand and won accolades around the world when it debuted in 2016.
With three rows of seats and a projected range of up to 300 miles, the new large electric vehicle (shown here in European version) is Volvo’s defining model in the United States. As with the Volvo XC90, it will be followed by smaller siblings that sell at lower prices and higher volumes, but the EX90 sets the tone for what’s to come. Volvo says it will launch a new battery electric vehicle every year and sell only electric vehicles by 2030.
Important to US buyers, the EX90 will be built at Volvo’s assembly plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, starting next year. This meets one of many new requirements to qualify for federal incentives under new rules passed after the Inflation Reduction Act was passed. It will also be built in China. US customers can configure their cars from next fall, for delivery in early 2024. Prices for a “well-equipped” EX90 will start at under $80,000, Volvo said.
Volvo EX90 2024
Faithful echo of its predecessor
The EX90 is not the premium electric transport previewed by Volvo Concept Recharge’s ‘brand manifesto’ design exercise showcased in the summer of 2021. Instead, the 2024 model is immediately identifiable as a large Volvo SUV in the vein of the XC90. It’s so faithful to that pioneering model that it could almost be a slight refresh of that model, until you take a closer look at the details.
In profile, the tailgate is slightly more inclined and the top of the body thins out at the rear. The now traditional vertical taillights remain, but they’re now separate from the bracket-like lower lights, which are connected on top in a new rear Volvo-branded variant.
Up front, a smooth blanking plate with the marque’s large “ironmark” logo continues into more rearward corners below the headlights with Volvo’s “Thor’s Hammer” motif in the fenders. But the body-side and wheel arch sculpting faithfully echo that of its predecessor, to the point where we expect friends, neighbors and relatives to see the EX90 as the next model of the XC90 and perhaps completely lacking that it is powered by electricity.
Inside, three rows of seats rest under a fully glazed roof, providing headroom while shaving a precious inch or two off the EX90’s aerodynamic profile. The central tablet-style touchscreen is larger, at 14.5-inches, and there are fewer knobs and buttons on the dash itself. We’ll wait to drive the EX90 before delving into its efficiency. Some other EVs have gone overboard by eliminating hardware controls from on-screen touch buttons, to their detriment.
Volvo EX90 2024
‘Performance version’ promised
The 2024 EX90 is powered by two electric motors powered by an 111 kilowatt-hour battery located under the cabin. The standard version has a combined output of 300 kW (408 horsepower), while a “performance version” will have a higher output of 370 kW (496 hp) and 671 lb-ft of torque. Volvo quotes an estimated range of “up to 300 miles” on a single charge, though readers should wait for EPA ratings, which aren’t expected to arrive for a year or more.
The company devoted much of its early days to the idea that the EX90 is a “software-defined vehicle,” shorthand for a car whose defining characteristics are determined as much by its operating software as by the hardware it uses. ‘he controls. As Tesla showed 10 years ago, software is by definition updatable, meaning these vehicles can add new features (as well as fix bugs) via over-the-air software updates.
The EX90 will run on Volvo’s own operating system, with in-house developed software running on a pair of Nvidia Drive AI’s core computer platforms called Xavier and Orin. Much of what drivers see on digital screens runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Cockpit platform. All of this has been integrated to provide the next generation user interface which replaces the Volvo Sensus system of the XC90.
A front trunk is deep enough to accommodate at least one suitcase in the center, with shallower trays on each side to hold items like a portable charging cord.
Volvo EX90 2024
Lidar for more driver assistance functions
It’s almost invisible in a black box at the top of the windshield, but the EX90 is one of the first vehicles in the world to offer a Lidar scanner as factory equipment. It combines both cameras and radar sensors to create what Volvo calls a “surrounding shield” of safety.
Lidar is now seen as a requirement for advanced levels of automated driver assistance software, enabling hands-off driving on highways and other roads. Volvo’s driver assistance feature is called Pilot Assist, and in the EX90 automated lane change adds to existing features from previous vehicles, including active lane keeping and adaptive cruise control.
Cameras inside the cabin monitor the driver’s eyes, and the system will provide increasing frequency alerts, first ‘soft’, then ‘more insistent’ – if it detects distracted driving. If the driver simply does not respond, the car will stop and call for help (driver heart attack scenario).
Volvo EX90 2024
Like many automakers, Volvo sees huge benefits in allowing electric cars to serve as mobile energy storage, household backup and other functions. The EX90 is the first electric Volvo with this built-in capability, although Volvo warns it will be available ‘later’ in some markets.
For fast charging, the company says the EX90 will charge from 10-80% in around 30 minutes. This is, of course, under ideal circumstances which include battery temperature, ambient temperature and a charging station capable of supplying the required current.
There’s still a lot to learn about the 2024 Volvo EX90, and the company will have more details closer to the US launch. In the meantime, we now know what it looks like and some technical details. Owners of current Volvo XC90 models will likely be reassured and excited.
Volvo provided airfare, accommodation and meals to enable Green Car Reports to bring this report to you first-hand.
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