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- Projected 300 miles of range
- Powerful motors
- Spartan Volvo design
- Significant amount of recycled materials
- Price range?
- Feature set?
The new EX90 three-row SUV positions Volvo for its fully electric future.
What kind of vehicle is the 2024 Volvo EX90? What does it compare to?
The 2024 Volvo EX90 is a seven-seat crossover SUV with a full battery electric powertrain. It compares with a limited but growing number of three-row electric vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV, Rivian R1S, and Tesla Model X.
Is the 2024 Volvo EX90 a good SUV?
We won’t know until we drive it late in 2023, but its basis as a successor to the XC90 three-row crossover SUV is promising. (Read more about .)
What’s new for the 2024 Volvo EX90?
The 2024 Volvo EX90 is new from the ground up, but the shape and proportions look similar to the winning design of the XC90. The light signature might be the biggest departure, with the sideways T-shaped headlights Volvo calls Thor’s hammer chopped into cubes and extending to the lower bumper area. The Volvo emblem slashes through the solid panel grille, and the hood has twin recesses that seem to channel air down the sides of the car. It strikes an XC90 profile, and the wheels sport five-spoke running-man designs. There’s an integrated rear roof spoiler, and a lightbar stretches across the liftgate like a staple, yet the vestiges of the XC90’s vertical taillights running up the sides to the spoiler remain, in the liftgate at least.
Inside, the 15.0-inch touchscreen orients vertically and ingests all of the buttons and dials traditionally found on the dash. The screen stops short of the floating center console, and bright metallic trim frames the wood-paneled dash and console alike. Aside from the touchscreen, the dash stretches horizontally with a thin band of vents that has become de rigueur for electric vehicles. A small, horizontal digital instrument cluster sits above a steering wheel that likely has haptic controls. A fixed glass roof opens up the cabin.
The EX90 uses two permanent magnet motors powering either axle for standard all-wheel drive. The motors combine for an output of 370 kw and it makes 496 hp and 671 lb-ft of torque. A 111-kwh battery pack feeds the motors, and Volvo estimates the EX90 will have a range of 300 miles. Volvo says the EX90 can DC fast-charge from 10 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes, but the brand didn’t specify the peak charging power nor did it estimate a Level 2 240-volt charge time. Riding on a new chassis unrelated to the XC90, Volvo promises a smooth driving experience.
It’s the first Volvo with bidirectional charging capability that essentially acts as an electric generator to charge other electric cars and devices, or potentially back up a home power source. The rollout is limited to unspecified markets at launch, however.
The EX90 seats seven passengers, with three seats in the middle row and two in the rear. Specs for cargo and passenger space haven’t been finalized, but it does have a frunk to supplement cargo space behind the third row of seats. Volvo estimates that 15% of the plastic used in the cars comes from recycled plastics.
Like other Volvos, the EX90 will come standard with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, adaptive LED headlights, and parking sensors. Volvo says the latest update to its suite of safety tech gets smarter over time, in part from over-the-air updates, and lidar combines with driver monitors and new hardware for a hands-free driving system “in the future,” Volvo says. Crash-test ratings are pending, but Volvo makes it a priority on all its vehicles.
How much does the 2024 Volvo EX90 cost?
Volvo targets a starting price of $80,000 for the EX90, but recent history has proven that pricing for vehicles a year or more from an on sale date is unreliable. If it remains that way, the 2024 EX90 would cost at least $15,000 less than other luxury three-row electric crossover SUVs.
Volvo hasn’t detailed what’s standard and what is optional, but features include a 15.0-inch infotainment touchscreen run by Google software that makes smartphone integration more seamless, and the system is compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay. Volvo offers a Bowers & Wilkins sound system with Dolby Atmos and speakers in the front headrests.
Where is the 2024 Volvo EX90 made?
Production of the EX90 in 2023 in Ridgeville, South Carolina, alongside the Polestar 3.
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