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2024 Volvo EX90 SUV Is an Emphatic Entry into the Electric Era

  • The 2024 EX90 is Volvo’s first purpose-built electric vehicle.
  • Volvo also describes the three-row EX90 as its flagship SUV.
  • The EX90 will arrive in US showrooms in early 2024 and is expected to be priced below $80,000.

Volvo boasts that its current lineup is fully electrified, meaning that every car’s powertrain—including the gasoline engines—has at least some battery-electric component. However, the brand’s stated goal is to go much further and sell only battery-electric EVs—and no gas-powered cars—from 2030. So far, Volvo has two electrics, the XC40 Recharge and the related C40 Recharge, both adaptations of an existing architecture. Designed from the ground up for all-electric drive, the all-new EX90 gives us our first look at Volvo’s EV future.

A new EV architecture

The car will start with a dual-motor drive system that drives all four wheels. The two permanent magnet motors produce a combined 402 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque in the standard version. The Twin Motor Performance model will have 496 horsepower and 671 pound-feet. Volvo estimates that the standard twin-motor EX90 will accelerate to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, with the Performance version knocking a second off that time. The chassis features air springs, and the brakes measure 15.7/15.4 inches front/rear. The turning circle, at 38.7 feet, is about a foot tighter than that of today’s XC90.

The EX90’s battery will have a usable capacity of 107.0 kWh, with a targeted 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 come with Plug and Charge for automatic payment at charging stations.

The EX90’s EV architecture will allow for bi-directional charging capability, meaning the car’s battery can charge your home either during a power outage or, potentially, even sell battery-stored energy back to the grid during peak times. Volvo will sell the necessary home hooking and energy management software, but which markets we see this capability remains to be seen. When away from home, the EX90’s battery can power accessories or lend some juice to another Volvo EV.

Much of the powertrain matches that of the recently revealed Polestar 3—the battery capacity, the cars’ torque output, and even the bi-directional charging capability.

Push the boundaries on safety

The EX90 also promises to be “safer than any Volvo car that comes before it.” That security push takes several forms.

Two cameras trained on the driver plus a steering wheel sensor combine to determine the pilot’s level of alertness. If the driver has become incapacitated, the system can stop the car at the side of the road and turn on the hazard lights.

In-car 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 locking the doors and run the climate control system to maintain a comfortable temperature.

The car starts with Volvo’s Pilot Assist system, which adds lane change functionality to its current lane centering capability. The EX90 will also come with the hardware for ultimate “unsupervised driving.”

EX90 Design

The EX90’s exterior design was previewed by the Concept Recharge, although the EX90’s shape and proportions are more SUV-like than the concept’s more wagon-like, undercarriage profile. In fact, the EX90’s exterior dimensions don’t stray far from those of the existing XC90. The wheelbase is the same at 117.5 inches, while the overall length grows by just over three inches, to 198.3. 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 body surface, and the wheels are partially covered. The car’s lidar sensors, which will be used for the ultimate self-driving capability, are housed in a bump on the front of the roof.

A new interior concept

The EX90 debuts a new interior design for Volvo and is largely shared with the Polestar 3. The spare, minimalist dashboard has a large, vertically oriented center touchscreen for most functions. A smaller screen in front of the driver functions as a digital instrument cluster, displaying speed and range as well as a graphic of the car and surrounding traffic.

Buttons and almost all physical buttons are banned. Volvo aims to make navigating the large 14.5-inch central touchscreen easier by showing different functions on the home screen when the car is parked or driving, and whether there is an ongoing phone call or audio playing. A few basic climate controls are at the bottom of the screen, much like current Volvos. As in today’s Volvos, the infotainment system is Google-based, but also supports Apple CarPlay with a wireless connection.

Like many EVs, the EX90 includes a panoramic glass roof—which might swell in the gloom of a Scandinavian winter, but will put an added strain on the air conditioning in a Florida or Arizona summer.

Size-wise, the EX90 cabin volume is very similar to that of the XC90. Passenger legroom in the front, middle and third rows are all within an inch of the existing car, at 40.9, 36.5 and 31.9 inches. Cargo volume is also about the same, with the EX90 offering 13 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 68 cubic feet with all seats folded. There is also a small stump with just over one cubic foot of space.

Volvo has previously announced that its EVs will have leather-free interiors, and the EX90 offers a wool-blend material and textiles made from recycled plastic bottles. Trim pieces from FSC-certified wood are illuminated for “a Scandinavian living room atmosphere.” The carpets are partially made from recycled material. Volvo says that 15 percent of all the plastics used in the EX90 are recycled or bio-based.

Other tech highlights: The EX90 will come standard with smartphone-as-key functionality. The top-of-the-range sound system, by Bowers & Wilkins, will feature Dolby Atmos and blast music through 25 speakers, including in the headrests.

EX90 prices and arrival date

The EX90 will be built in Ridgeville, South Carolina, for the US market—alongside the Polestar 3—and is expected to reach dealerships in early 2024. However, customers can pre-order their cars now and then will be able to finalize their EX90 specification in the fall of 2023. Pricing has yet to be released, with Volvo saying only that the car will be “well-equipped for under $80,000.” As well as buying or leasing, the EX90 will be available through the brand’s Care by Volvo subscription plan. The model will be sold alongside the current XC90 at the top of the Swedish brand’s range before eventually replacing the XC90. The EX90 kicks off a parade of Volvo EVs, with the company saying it plans to introduce one new electric model a year. It will be interesting to see how close they stack up to the EX90.

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