Volvo is engaged on an electrical successor to its fashionable XC90, and on Wednesday the automaker offered the primary particulars and confirmed the car’s debut for Nov. 9.
The brand new SUV will go by the identify EX90, and can experience on a next-generation model of the SPA platform discovered below the XC90, aptly dubbed SPA2. The platform has been developed from the onset for electrical autos, although it could assist internal-combustion engines in hybrid configuration.
The EX90 will function a roof-mounted lidar sensor, together with eight cameras, 5 radar sensors, and 16 ultrasonic sensors. The mixture, along with Volvo’s personal driver-assist options, may cut back accidents inflicting critical damage or demise by as much as 20%, and total accidents by as much as 9%, in keeping with Volvo.
As an additional measure to assist reduce the possibility of an accident, a driver monitor will search for indicators of distraction. The EX90 has additionally been designed to return to a secure cease ought to the motive force fall unwell or asleep.
Volvo has additionally confirmed a excessive stage of self-driving functionality. The EX90 will finally supply a function known as Trip Pilot, which can allow true hands-off, eyes-off journey on sure highways. Timing for Trip Pilot is not clear, although the primary market has been confirmed as California.
Teaser pictures and video level to an analogous exterior design to the XC90, one thing backed up by patent drawings filed by Volvo with the European Union Mental Safety Workplace in July. The patents confirmed an SUV that seems decrease and longer than the XC90.
The EX90 is predicted to start out gross sales in 2023. Manufacturing for North America and different markets might be dealt with at Volvo’s plant close to Charleston, South Carolina. The plant at the moment churns out the S60 sedan for worldwide sale however from subsequent yr may also be liable for the EX90 and a associated Polestar 3 SUV.
Regardless of the upcoming arrival of the EX90, the XC90 continues to be promoting close to report ranges for the nameplate. Final yr Volvo managed to promote 38,657 examples within the U.S., which is the very best stage for the current-generation XC90 and the second highest within the nameplate’s historical past. Consequently, the XC90 is predicted to keep on sale for a interval after the EX90 arrives.