Swedish automaker Volvo has started the production of the S90 premium sedan in India. The car is getting assembled at Volvo’s Bangalore assembly facility as an image from the production plant is doing rounds on the internet. Since, the image surfaced online, it is speculated that the pre-production version of the S90 were built in late 2017 and after the required quality checks and procedures, the sedan was cleared for production.
The S90 sedan by Volvo is based on the automaker’s modular SPA platform and it flaunts Volvo's latest design language that was first seen on the XC90. The highlights of the sedan include 'Thor's Hammer' LED headlights, 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Navigation, Bowers & Wilkins audio system, power adjustable front seats with memory function and ventilation, 4-zone electronic climate control with cooled glove-box, power sunroof keyless entry and much more. Apart from offering rear air suspension as standard, the S90 premium sedan gets a number of advanced safety features such as airbags, emergency brake assist and lane keep assist among others.
Under the hood, the sedan comes powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine with a capacity to produce 187bhp of maximum power with 400 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
According to the plan, Volvo will start assembling three of its models - S90 sedan, V90 Cross Country and the new XC60 in India. The Volvo S90 is currently priced at Rs 57 lakhs, (ex-showroom, Delhi) and competes with the likes of Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series, Audi A6 and Jaguar XF in the mid-size luxury sedan segment. However, the local assembling of S90 will help reduce its price making it more competitive. Other than this, Volvo launched the XC60 in India on December 12, 2017, and the brand has assembled approximately 300 units of the SUV. However, due to the increase in the tax on cars by Indian govt. as announced in Union Budget 2018, Volvo among other automakers has also announced a price hike across its model range by 5 percent in the country. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates.