Volvo is just a week out from the reveal of its EX90, and on Tuesday the automaker provided a teasing glimpse.
The EX90 is an electric mid-size SUV destined to sit at the top of the Volvo lineup alongside the XC90, and based on a newly developed EV platform that debuted earlier in October in the Polestar 3.
Teaser photos point to a clean aesthetic similar to existing Volvos, particularly the C40 Recharge electric crossover.
Volvo said elements, particularly at the front, have been made a bit rounder to help reduce efficiency-sapping drag. Flush door handles and wheels with an almost completely sealed design are elements that also help reduce drag.
“If you look at the front, it’s proud and confident, inspired by a sailboat’s ability to shear through the ocean’s slamming waves,” T. Jon Mayer, Volvo’s head of exterior design, said in a statement. “But it’s also rounder overall, which enables the air to flow around the car more efficiently.”
One new design feature not seen on any previous Volvo is the EX90’s lidar sensor, which will be a standard feature. It’s mounted to the roof to provide the best view possible. Volvo said lidar can precisely measure ranges and is capable of detecting pedestrians up to 820 feet away.
The lidar system is part of a suite of hardware in the EX90 which, according to Volvo, is sufficient for self-driving operation. Though self-driving operation won’t be available at launch, Volvo is developing a feature called Ride Pilot, which will enable true hands-off, eyes-off travel on certain highways. Timing for Ride Pilot isn’t clear, though the first market has been confirmed as California.
The debut is set for Nov. 9 in Stockholm, Sweden, and the first examples are due at dealerships in 2023, likely as 2024 models.
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