Rejuvenated Volvo gains marketshare.
Volvo’s flagship sedan just got a few inches longer.
Volvo Cars continue to transition away from old platforms and powertrains, to new and updated models powered exclusively by four-cylinder gasoline engines, including some paired with electric motors.
For 2018, several changes are evident, with most of the new vehicles already available in dealer showrooms. We’ll look at these changes, what they mean for consumers, and how the Swedish automaker stacks up against other premium brands.
2018 Volvo S90
One year removed from its introduction, the large Volvo S90 sedan benefits from an important change. In particular, the stretched wheelbase version — not previously available in the United States and Canada — becomes the sole offering in both markets.
What this means for passengers, especially people fortunate enough to sit in the rear seat, is excellent legroom. That space is now approaching what you would find in stretched wheelbase sedans from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. What’s also noteworthy is that the starting price of the big Volvo is under $50,000.
There are additional changes for 2018, including adding a rear window power sunshade, rear side window sunshades, rear passenger seat control (of the front passenger seat), and a luxury center armrest. A panoramic roof is now standard, an all-wheel drive option comes to the base model, and a T8 plug-in hybrid model joins the line.
Check out my full review of the 2017 S90 to learn more.
Volvo “T8” models are plug-in hybrids, such as the S90 T8.
2018 Volvo V90 and V90 Cross Country
Wagon fans everywhere are rejoicing as the 2018 Volvo V90 and V90 Cross Country roll out. The new models are derived from the S90’s platform, but there are some differences with the specifications.
Just so you know, the difference between the V90 and V90 Cross Country is one inch. That is, the V90 CC has an extra inch of ground clearance for what Volvo says is meant for consumers who “pursue an active lifestyle.” Parsing the marketing language means little more than a slightly elevated presence — certainly not as tall as the similar XC90, but supplying slightly better sight lines than the standard model.