Item promised, item due. Volvo had given us an appointment on November 9, 2022 to learn more about the EX90, their new 100% electric SUV. Motorization, safety, autonomy, we take stock together of this serious competitor of the Tesla Model X.
In view of the European Union’s ban on the sale of new thermal vehicles from 2035, car manufacturers are making sure to accelerate their energy transition and electrify their offerings. At Volvo, we’re dealing with just two electric vehicles at the moment: the XC40 SUV, launched in 2021, and its cutaway version, the C40 Recharge.
Still, the Swedish brand lifted the veil on the all-new EX90 during an online conference broadcast on YouTube in September 2022 100% electric 7-seater SUV. The EX90 shows Volvo’s ambitions: launch the safest car in the history of the brand.
The Volvo EX90 is all about safety
To do this, the SUV goes to “one of the most advanced sensor sets on the market” consisting of eight cameras, five radar devices, 16 ultrasonic sensors and a LiDAR sensor installed directly on the roof. But that’s not all, because two cameras installed in the cab analyze the driver’s eye movements. The goal ? Determine if the driver’s alertness is impaired or reduced by alcohol or tiredness. If dangerous behavior is detected, the car will sound an alarm to wake the driver and if he remains amorphous, the car can automatically stop at the curb.
To find out more about the motorization, the price or the autonomy of the EX90, you had to wait until November 9, 2022. Volvo officially unveiled its new SUV on Wednesday. The brand sums it up like this: “A versatile and elegant family car with modern proportions combined with cutting-edge technology in basic computing, connectivity and electrification to optimize safety, efficiency and aesthetics.”
A sporty and familiar SUV at the same time
In terms of elegance, the interior is indeed sober, and Volvo states that the seats are not made of animal leather. The materials used for the interior are mostly natural and responsibly sourced (we don’t have exact numbers, let’s get that straight). For the family site, This EX90 can count on a nice place in the trunk. Already offers a generous capacity of 655 liters volumeBy lowering the rear row of seats, 1040 liters and up to roof height 1915 liters are possible. As the icing on the cake, another 37 liters are available in the front luggage compartment.
At the front, the driver and front passenger can enjoy one large 14.5-inch infotainment screen, with integrated Google. You will find all the services and flagship apps of the Mountain View company such as Google Maps, Hands-free help from Google Assistant or the Google Play Store. Compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also confirmed. Another 8-inch screen acts as a head-up display high in front of the driver’s seat. Note that the car supports and carries the standard 5G connection a Bower & Wilkins audio system compatible with Dolby Atmosa first in the history of the brand.
A heavyweight that accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6 seconds
what about the engine The initially available twin-engine all-wheel drive version is powered by a 111 kWh battery. The two permanent magnet electric motors deliver together 380kW (517 hp) and 910 Newton meters of torque in the performance version of the EX90. The basic model Twin refill shows an output of 300 kW (408 hp) with a torque of 770 Nm.
Indeed, and despite a significant weight on the balance sheet 2.8 tons, this EX90 will have a lot under the hood. So he waits 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds (Recharge Twin model) and in 4.9 seconds (for the Performance model). As for autonomy Volvo announces between 560 and 580 km of autonomy in the combined WLTP cyclewhile it will be possible to reach 680 km if we content ourselves with short trips in the city.
As for charging, Volvo promises to reach 100% in just 30 minutes on a 250kW fast terminal, if it takes about 11 hours at a household socket (up to 11 kW). In addition, the manufacturer states that a “house energy management offer”, especially composeda two-way wallbox and an energy management system”, is offered in certain markets. This allows users to monitor and optimize their home’s energy usage before your EX90 arrives.
Now let’s get to the price. Unsurprisingly, the EX90 isn’t designed for modest budgets, far from it. In the Recharge Twin Motor version with Ultra finish (the first model available in France) it is listed at €107,900. For the Performance model and its 517 hp engine It will be necessary to put €113,100 on the table. The car comes with a 3-year warranty, while the battery is covered by the Swedish brand for 8 years.