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Volvo Debuts 600 Horsepower Polestar 1 Coupe

When Volvo first revealed that it was spinning off Polestar into its performance exclusive brand, we we’re curious what the safety focused Swedish carmaker had in store for enthusiasts. Volvo decided to unveil the answer to this question in grand fashion, with its first Polestar badged model, the Polestar 1

The Polestar 1 (not to be confused with the decidedly rarer and distinctively British McLaren P1) is a halo offering for Polestar, and aims to be a dramatic preview of what the young brand will have to offer in the near future. The P1 (short for Polestar 1)  will arrive as a 2+2 Grand Touring coupe that will utilize much of Volvo’s current design language, but it amps things up by featuring carbon fiber bodypanels (a trick borrowed from the Aston Martin Vanquish.)

The panels help shed weight, and also add 45 percent more torsional rigidity to the car. In addition, they also lower the center of gravity slightly which is key in a car designed to tackle sharp corners and apexes at full gallop.

Like other current Volvos, the interior of the P1 is a gorgeous exercise in elegant design with the Volvo logo being pitched for a Polestar exclusive symbol, as well as more black accenting than other Volvo efforts which subtly highlights the more performance oriented flair that the P1 possesses. This flair for attention also highlights the P1’s platform with the car being built on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA platform) but perhaps befitting of the Polestar designation, roughly half of the components were allegedly created from the ground up by Polestar engineers. Case in point, Polestar’s claim that the P1 will be the first car to feature Ohilns Continuously Controlled Electronic Suspension (CESi) and the first to feature a dual electric rear axle to maximize torque application at each wheel.

The P1 will be powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that is expected to produce over 600 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. These are impressive figures, and while Polestar remained quiet on the Polestar 1’s true capabilities , look for it to go toe to toe with select versions of the Tesla Model S as well as other compelling rivals. When its not out on the track, the P1 is also capable of achieving an all electric driving range of 93 miles, which is further than any hybrid offering on the market today.

When the Polestar 1 eventually goes on sale, it will not be sold in a traditional sense of the word. Instead, Polestar vehicles will be sold exclusively online, with Polestar offering the model on a two to three year subscription basis with each package including pickup and delivery services, as well as rental options for other vehicles in the Volvo model lineup in the event the P1 needs to spend extended time in a Volvo repair garage.

Production is slated to begin in mid-2019 with the model being followed by the Polestar 2 full electric EV vehicle as well as the rumored Polestar 3 which is expected to bring Polestar into the highly competitive SUV market.

2018 Volvo XC40 Goes Small, Introduces New Purchasing Tools

Volvo has big plans for the 2018 XC40 CUV, and it intends to not only take another slice of the broader CUV sales pie, but also redefine the ownership experience as a whole in a unique bid to rewrite the way the CUV segment is entered by customers.

The exterior styling of the XC40 mirrors many of the styling elements that also define its larger 60 and 90 series siblings. This is a good thing considering the high levels of demand that both the XC60 and XC90 have experienced since their respective launches. Volvo also hopes to lure younger buyers to the marque with the XC40’s customization factor. A key example of this is the 17 different color combinations buyers can choose for the body as well as contrasting hues for the roof. This distinctly MINI-esque move should help the XC40 standout in crowded parking lots and out on city streets.

The interior aims to further build on the elegant design language of its larger kin, and is a welcome blend of youthful sophistication. Like the exterior, the cabin has several distinct themes to choose from, and aims to outshine its rivals by offering a healthy list of standard equipment. Notable items on that list include a nine-inch touchscreen, wireless phone charging capability, dual zone climate control, and 18-inch alloy wheels. This focus on quality and value is welcome in the compact CUV segment where it seems many entries have compromises and don’t deliver a balanced package.

Performance hardware reflects the XC40’s place in the compact segment, and buyers will initially have two engines to choose from. The D4 AWD model will feature a 188 horsepower four cylinder diesel, while the gasoline driven T5 AWD has a turbocharged four banger that produces a healthy 244 horsepower. Both variants come equipped with Volvo’s buttery smooth eight speed Geartronic automatic, and will offer stylish Momentum and R-Design trim levels when they eventually make their appearance in Volvo showrooms.

Naturally, the Volvo badge means high levels of safety equipment, and the XC40 does not skimp on that crucial category. Volvo’s usual assortment of safety equipment and technology is present and accounted for, but the Swedish car giant also made its City Safety package standard on the urban focused XC40. This special suite of equipment features detection and emergency auto braking if the XC40 detects pedestrians, vehicles, cyclists, and large animals. Other goodies include a 360 degree camera, Cross Traffic alert with brake support, as well as Pilot Assist.

As mentioned earlier, the 2018 XC40 also aims to spearhead Volvo’s recent push into new business models that are tailored to give customers new options when it comes to purchasing a Volvo product. One of these includes an all new “Care by Volvo” all inclusive subscription package that is based on a national flat-rate fee. This is an interesting alternative to a traditional lease, and could help Volvo lure in budget conscious XC40 buyers that might not otherwise consider the brand. Another interesting idea is an all new cellphone app that would allow owners to share their vehicle with friends and family in a nod to the recent trend towards specialized ride sharing and vehicle rental services.

Look for more information regarding these subscription plans to be revealed later this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Pricing for the 2018 XC40 is expected to start around $35,000 with fully loaded examples surpassing $45,000.



V90 Cross Country

Volvo To Produce Only EV and Hybrid Models By 2019

When Volvo first announced that it intended to seriously pursue electrification a few years ago, the world wondered what it would entail for the Swedish brand, and its lineup of vehicles. In a new announcement released earlier today, the car giant further detailed its ambitious plans while perhaps signaling a broader shift for the industry.

A key item of note here is that every new Volvo offering will be either a full EV or hybrid vehicle starting in 2019. Volvo also promises to include at least one electric motor in each of its new offerings.

“This is about the customer. People increasingly demand electrified cars, and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose which electrified Volvo you wish” explained Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson.

However this sudden embrace of electrified powerplants doesn’t mean that Volvo’s iconic internal combustion engines will get the figurative pink slip anytime soon. Buyers will be asked to choose from either mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or full electric technology for their Volvo purchase, which will help retain customer flexibility and loyalty.

Volvo also plans to release a 48 volt hybrid system before the end of the decade, and to also roll out five all new battery electric models. Three of them will join the main Volvo lineup, but the other two will be performance tinged Polestar entries. Look for all five models to roll out between 2019 and 2021 with information being released possibly in late 2018.


V90 Cross Country

Volvo Tackles The Outdoors With V90 Cross Country

With Volvo in the midst of a product renaissance that was spearheaded by the current generation XC90 SUV, the Swedish firm has launched the latest piece in its renewed product blitz the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country.

The all new V90 is the latest chapter in Volvo’s long history of building rugged wagons that can tackle light trail busting duties while still providing occupants world class levels of V90 Cross Country rear viewluxury, comfort, and safety. In fact, the Cross Country can be considered a variant of a variant with the car sharing its underpinnings with the base V90 wagon which in turn is derived from the S90 flagship sedan.

“The V90 Cross Country takes the elegance of the V90 and transforms it into an all-road car that delivers safety, comfort, and performance in a capable and adventurous package” stated Hakan Samuelsson President and CEO of Volvo Car Group in an announcement that accompanied Volvo’s unveiling.

Cross Country models stand out thanks to their raised suspensions, rugged exterior styling, as well as other innovations and features that helps improve their off road V90 Cross Country interiorcapabilities when compared to the more pavement based sedans and wagons that it is based off of. However this does not mean that they will make the full leap into the CUV segment, with this next step being reserved for Volvo’s “XC” lineup. Performance for the V90 Cross Country will be shared with the S90 and the base V90, which will allow Volvo to take full advantage of economies of scale.

Look for full details to be unveiled closer to the V90 Cross Country’s official start of production, which is slated to take place in the fall. The V90 Cross Country represents a renewed interest in reviving the wagon segment with off-road capable wagon entries. When it eventually lands in showrooms, the V90 Cross Country will have to fend off formidable rivals such as the Volkswagen All Track, Audi allroad, as well as the soon to be revealed Mercedes Benz E-Class All Terrain. In the meantime, Volvo has released a brief video of the V90 Cross Country in action which can be seen below.



Volvo Previews V90 Cross Country Ahead Of Paris Debut

Following on the heels of the V90s unveiling, Volvo has released a lone teaser image of the upcoming V90 Cross Country model ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.

Based on the forementioned V90 wagon, the Cross Country was designed to be a tall rugged wagon, and will pick up where the old XC70 wagon left off. A strategically placed veil hides the car from view, but based on what we have seen in other Cross Country variants, look for the car to feature copious amounts of exterior body cladding as well as splashes of brushed aluminium trim. Roof rails and model exclusive alloys round out the styling tweaks.

Performance hardware will reflect the Swedish brand’s recent efforts at downsizing and all Cross Countrys will come equipped with a 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. It is good for 250 horsepower with only a turbocharger, and 316 horsepower when the turbo is paired with a supercharger. All-wheel drive is standard fare which should allow the Cross Country to tackle snowy terrain as well as light to moderate trail busting duties.

Look for the V90 Cross Country to make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show with sales in Europe starting shortly after. Volvo is also following through on its promise to keep the station wagon alive in the U.S. market  and will ship the first U.S. spec variants to our shores sometime next year.


Updated Polestar S60 and V60

Volvo S60, V60 Polestar Bring More Power And Less Weight

Volvo is bringing several updates to its popular Polestar tuned versions of the S60 and V60 station wagon, with more power and less weight being the two paramount updates that will be in store for buyers when they arrive in showrooms later this year.

The key revisions are found under the hood, with both models ditching the older turbocharged inline six cylinder, and adopting an all new 2.0 liter Drive-E four cylinder engine. While the new engine does give up a small amount of size to the outgoing unit, it makes up for it by adding 22 more horsepower which allows the new engine to make over 367 horsepower. This bump in power is mainly due to the new bits that make up the Drive-E engine. Unlike the old T6, the new engine features a bigger turbocharger, new connecting rods, a bigger air intake, new camshafts, and a supercharger as well as a higher capacity fuel pump.

This new engine is hooked up to an eight speed automatic gearbox that sends its muscle to all four wheels through a Borg Warner sourced all-wheel drive system. The extra power is also complimented by a slight diet that not only allows both models to be 44 lbs lighter, but also make the sprint to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds which is an improvement over the old Polestar tune. In addition, the eight speed automatic is also expected to increase fuel economy and fulfill Volvo’s claims of them being perfect for both daily driving and the track.

Niels Moller Chief Operating Officer for Polestar was quick to highlight this fact stating “These cars are properly quick, but they are more than that. They combine Polestar’s 20 years of racing pedigree with Volvo’s inherent pragmatism and engineering heritage. These are very quick cars that you can use every day of the year.”

Volvo did not release any pricing figures for either the S60 or the V60 Polestar, but did reveal that it is stepping up production to meet the unexpected level of demand with the company expected to build 1,500 units of the updated S60 and V60 Polestar which is a sizable jump from the last model and its 750 unit production run.

Volvo Unveils 2017 V40 Hatchback

Following up on an announcement released late last week, Volvo has unveiled the updated 2017 V40 hatchback ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The transition to 2017 brings a mild nip and tuck to the V40 which is just fine since it is currently the best selling model Volvo has in Europe and the second most popular model globally. The extent of the changes takes place up front, where the V40 and its Cross Country spec sibling receive the company’s “Thor’s Hammer” style LED lighting elements.

Volvo V40 T4 Momentum Studio 3/4 Rear

While not quite as dramatic as the applications for the V90, S90, and XC90, it still brings a touch of refinement to the humble five door, and looks just as good during night driving as its bigger stablemates.

Volvo claims that UK spec V40s will arrive with the LED accents as standard equipment, while other markets will have them as an option. Along with the facelift, Volvo has also given the V40 several new exterior colors and rim choices for the new model year. The interior has also been tweaked and in addition to new aluminum trim elements, Volvo buyers can also choose an all new “City Weave” upholstery choice for the seats.  Performance specifications were not released by the company, but it appears that Volvo engineers did not make any significant mechanical changes to the V40 which means the hatchback City Weave upholsterywill continue to soldier on with a suite of diesel or gasoline four cylinder engines ranging from 120 horsepower to 245 horsepower. Most of the engines are offered with either a manual or automatic transmission, but the rugged Cross Country will be the only V40 variant that will arrive with all-wheel drive as standard equipment.

Look for the face-lifted Volvo V40 to go on sale across Europe as well as markets such as China in the coming months. Currently, the V40 will not be sold in the United States, but new reports appear to suggest that the next generation V40 is being designed with the U.S. market in mind, and it could very well make its debut by the end of the decade. In the meantime Volvo has released a brief video of the V40 in action which can be seen below.


Volvo Unveils 2017 V90 Wagon

Following several ill timed leaks that made their way to the internet, Volvo has formally unveiled the 2017 V90 wagon which proves that Volvo is still committed to the estate segment.

Designed to replace the creaky and dated V70 that is currently sold in Europe, the V90 retains much of the slick front styling that made its debut

on the S90 sedan. This is fine with us, since we were big fans of the reworked front fascia especially its Thor’s Hammer style LED lighting elements. Beyond the B-Pillar however, the rear fascia is radically different thanks to a longer roofline, a rakish D-pillar, and big hockey stick style tailights. These new lighting elements are inspired by the units that made their initial debut on the Concept Estate and help make the V90 one of the sleekest wagons that Volvo has ever produced.

Like its sedan sibling, the V90 also benefits from an all new interior that is more upscale and modern than before. It all starts with acres of strategically placed leather trim as well as Volvo’s tablet like Sensus touchscreen infotainment system in the center console. The Swedish Volvo V90 Driver Displaycompany also upped the ante by incorporating better build materials in the design, and the end result is an interior that can hold five passengers and their gear in excellent comfort. The V90 also benefits from new technology including Apple CarPlay and Volvo’s suite of semi autonomous driving technology.

Underneath this stylish set of clothes, the V90 is mechanically identical to the S90 sedan and the XC90 crossover, and is built on the same Scalable Product Architecture as those two models. The V90 is expected to initially launch with a 2.0 liter twin charged engine that uses both a turbocharger and a supercharger to produce 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. An eight speed automatic transmission is the sole choice available with all-wheel drive standard. Buyers in Europe will have the option of ordering a 2.0 liter four cylinder turbodiesel.

Eventually a fuel sipping gasoline electric plug-in hybrid model will join the lineup and come equipped with the fore-mentioned 2.0 liter four cylinder engine, a 60 horsepower electric motor, and a smaller motor sandwiched Volvo V90 Location 3/4 Rearbetween the engine and the transmission. Known internally as the Twin Engine system, the drivetrain combo will produce 410 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque which is quite potent for a fuel efficient vehicle. In addition to its impressive amounts of performance, the system also allows the V90 to drive on pure electricity alone for 20 miles a trait that is handy for city driving.

Look for the Volvo V90 to make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March with Volvo executives hinting that the V90 and its more rugged cousin the V90 Cross Country could make their way across the pond to U.S. showrooms in the near future. In the meantime, the company has released a brief video of the V90 in action which can be seen below.




Volvo Showcases 2017 S90 Flagship Sedan In Detroit

Ever since Volvo first teased the 2017 S90 sedan, we have been awaiting the day that we could see it in person. We wondered if it had what it took to stand out in a crowded market segment and we were curious to see just how it exactly looks when viewed in person. After spending a few fleeting minutes inside the S90, as well as admiring its exterior styling. We think that Volvo may indeed be on to something here with this sleek four door.

The S90 also got an unexpected assist from its brand sibling the Volvo XC90, which won the coveted North American Truck Of The Year award at NAIAS earlier today. Achievements like this help get more people into dealerships, and in the case of the S90 buyers that want to experience a new Volvo, but would rather prefer to do so in a traditional sedan versus a crossover vehicle. The exterior styling of the S90 also helps in this regard albeit with one IMG_0251exception, (more on that later.) The front fascia carries over much of the traits that made their debut on the current generation XC90 including the “Thors Hammer” LED lighting accents as well as the clean looking front grille with its center mounted Volvo emblem. The side profile is more elegant, but still retains a subtle hint of aggression that the old S80 was sorely lacking during its time in production. Our lone gripe centers around the unusual taillights which are exaggerated in size and look completely out of place, especially when viewed against the slick front fascia. This also has the effect of making the design look slightly unbalanced but as with most things, it depends on the buyers tastes.

The interior however doesn’t have an issue with design balance, and could be the key attribute that helps the S90 succeed in the marketplace. The detail here is much higher than the S80, and when one looks around the cabin, its easy to see the extreme levels of effort that Volvo undertook in creating this lavish space. The center piece is the all new Sensus infotainment system which features a 7-inch high definition color touch screen, IMG_0254and does an excellent job cleaning up much of the clutter and button overload that dogged the old S80. The seats are also very comfortable and provide healthy amounts of support along with the ability for occupants to make them either heated or cooled depending on the weather conditions. The rear seats also feature good amounts of leg room, an attribute that will especially be crucial with the planned long-wheelbase variant when it hits the market in China where long-wheelbase cars are popular with young Chinese buyers especially those in business.

With the car embracing the XC90’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) its no surprise that the engine choices are largely carried over from the XC90. Unlike many of its rivals, Volvo will not field distinctly different engines, and instead offer buyers different variants of its familiar 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder. Each variant receives differentiating levels of enhancement  with the base engine using a turbocharger to produce 240 horsepower and the higher grade engine in the T6 producing 302 horsepower. Lastly the top of the line T8 Hybrid makes 400 horsepower and also serves as the fuel efficiency leader of the S90 family. These figures are slightly lower than many of its rivals, but the company thinks that it will be enough to allow the S90 to enjoy a larger slice of sales in a segment that is saturated with rivals including the Cadillac CTS, Maserati Ghibli, Acura RLX, Lexus GS, as well as the Infiniti Q70.

When the S90 eventually makes its appearance on dealer lots later this year, look for it to feature an aggressive pricing ladder that will be on par with many of its rivals. Volvo did not release any official numbers at its conference in Detroit, but look for the base model to possibly start in the low $50,000 range with higher trim levels going up accordingly. The IMG_0248long wheelbase model will command a slight premium, but look for it to join the Kia K900 and the Cadillac CT6 in offering a more cost effective alternative to established contenders from Germany and Japan. It will be interesting to see whether the S90 will be able to sustain the impressive momentum that was first generated with the XC90 especially with how saturated its target market is. We look forward to perhaps test driving one for ourselves to see what its like on the road, but stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for more product unveilings and first hand looks from the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

Volvo Unveils S90 Luxury Sedan

Following several early leaks as well as an unintentional unveiling in die cast form, Volvo has formally unveiled the S90 sedan at a private event in Gothenburg Sweden.

Built on the same Scalable Product Architecture that also underpins the recently launched XC90 crossover, the S90 also borrows much of its cousins styling elements including the distinctive “Thor’s Hammer” daytime running lights as well as its big front grille with bold Rear Quarter Volvo S90 Mussel Blue 2vertical chrome slats. Unlike the plain and chronically bland S80, the S90 embraces a much more aggressive form with the coupe like profile featuring a sloping roof line and a short trunk lid. Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath revealed that the company wanted to “bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment.”

The interior also sharpens its focus on luxury, and promises to deliver a better experience to buyers. A key feature is the company’s new Sensus Connect infotainment system that features a big touchscreen that greatly reduces button count, and removes the clutter that Interior Blond Volvo S90haunted the S80. Better seats are also part of the deal and look for better materials and ergonomics to be a significant part of the package.

Performance will come from three different engines with Volvo’s 2.0 liter supercharged and turbocharged T6 power plant serving as the top engine. Base models will receive the familiar T5 turbocharged engine while the T8 twin engine plug in hybrid will also be in the pipeline. The fore-mentioned turbocharged/supercharged T6 will most likely wield 316 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the more efficiency focused hybrid will feature a beefier 394 horsepower and 472 lb-ft of torque.

The S90 represents the next step in Volvo’s resurrection as a luxury car company while also showcasing the company’s “Vision 2020” plan that aims to eliminate occupant deaths in new Volvo products by the end of the decade. The S90 is said to offer “world first safety technologies as well as highly advanced semi-autonomous driving technology.” Volvo did not reveal the full equipment list, but expect the S90 to cram even more technology into its slick suit of clothes when it makes its auto show debut.

Look for the S90 to make its official appearance at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit but in the meantime you can check out the full gallery of images below, and tell us what you think of Volvo’s new flagship sedan.