The car’s computers also get to know the driver, Ljung Aust told Autocar, learning how they drive so the system can “know when your attention is elsewhere.” Emma Tivesten, head of safety research at Volvo, confirmed that these features can be disabled by the driver, but cautioned against this.
“We will continue to innovate until cars are accident free. All with the aim of protecting more lives, in line with our goal,” reads a statement from Volvo. “The EX90 marks the start of a new era for Volvo Cars, carrying our heritage of safety, quality and innovation into the future.”
But all these new technologies will come at a price. The EX90 is expected to eclipse the current £76,525 price of the XC90 Recharge PHEV. Full details, including costs and release dates, will be revealed on November 9, the Swedish firm has confirmed.
The XC90 remains a consistently strong seller, even in the current second generation car’s seventh and final year on sale. In the first 10 months of 2021 alone, the XC90 accounted for around 6.5% of Volvo’s global sales, placing it third only behind its SUV siblings Volvo XC60 and Volvo XC40.
Recent patent filings suggest the EX90 will look more like the current XC90 than the concept suggested, which had a more upright twin-box silhouette reminiscent of station wagons such as the Volvo V70. When he was CEO of Volvo, Håkan Samuelsson told Autocar that Volvo would gradually reduce its offering of conventional station wagons – currently including various forms of Volvo V60 and Volvo V90 – in recognition of the simple fact that “people really like high seating positions”.
But Volvo says the successor to the electric XC90 will straddle the line between two segments to capitalize on SUV popularity while differentiating itself from rivals and avoiding alienating buyers of lower-end models. Page called it “a new type of vehicle” that “features new and modern proportions that go hand in hand with increased versatility”.