2024 Volvo EX90 First Look: Swedish Electric Flagship SUV Debuts

The 2024 Volvo EX90, a high-end, three-row, electric SUV, made its global debut in Stockholm, starting a parade of future products with promises to reveal a new electric vehicle every year. Volvo has pledged to be an all-electric  brand by early 2030. The EV luxury SUV will be the most advanced Volvo to date and will assume the mantle of flagship when it goes on sale in late 2023, alongside the current Volvo XC90—a three-row SUV offered with an internal combustion engine, and as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

At launch, the EV90 will be available with dual motors for all-wheel drive; no decision yet on whether a single-motor version will follow or whether it will be drive from the front or rear. The EX90 will have a range of up to 300 miles on a single charge and can charge from 10 to 80 percent in about 30 minutes, Volvo officials say. An “E2” Twin-Motor Performance version of the SUV will be powered by an 111-kWh battery and two permanent magnet electric motors together delivering 370 kW (496 hp) and 671 lb ft of torque. There’s another Twin Motor AWD trim available with 402 hp and 568 lb-ft.

The Volvo EX90 is on the new SPA2 platform with a new chassis, new take on the company’s iconic “Thor’s Hammer” lighting elements, and in a bid for greater sustainability it uses 15 percent recycled steel and 25 percent recycled aluminum. Fifteen percent of the plastics or 105 pounds worth are recycled plastics and bio-based materials, as well.

2024 Volvo EX90 Priced Under $80,000

The AWD EX90 will have a starting price under $80,000. Pre-orders are being taken now and customers will be asked to configure their new vehicle in fall 2023 for delivery in early 2024. The EV comes with a new approach to ownership: Consumers can choose to buy their Volvo online or by visiting a dealer, and it can be a purchase, a lease, or a subscription.

It is the first Volvo to be truly defined by its software, says Volvo CEO Jim Rowan. The tech comes from Nvidia, Qualcomm, and in-house software development for core functions including safety, infotainment, and battery management, all of which can undergo continuous upgrades with over-the-air updates.

Safety Is a Volvo Thing

Safety is paramount for Volvo, and the EX90 continues that tradition with Pilot Assist driver-assist systems and plans for an autonomous drive mode in the future. The car is equipped with a full suite of cameras, radar, sensors and lidar, making the SUV hardware-ready for unsupervised driving. For now, all that equipment helps the car accelerate, brake, and steer to avoid collisions and the car can change lanes on its own when prompted. Two cameras monitor the driver’s eyes to detect if the person behind the wheel is drowsy or distracted and will nudge, then warn, and then act to avoid a collision if the driver does not react in time. It is designed to stop and call for help if needed.

The EX90 uses Lidar from Luminar to detect objects such as pedestrians up to 820 feet away, even when the vehicle is travelling at highway speeds and it has a 100-degree wide ability to scan the area in front of the vehicle.

Mounting the Lidar on the roof provides better visibility and protects the equipment from objects flying up from the road or damage in a collision. It is enclosed in a wide, flat, teardrop-shaped glass case. The vehicle’s wipers are used to spray and wipe the Lidar. More washers also had to be integrated to clean the vehicle’s many cameras.

The sleek design of the lidar unit was essential. The EX90 has a 0.20 co-efficient of drag with a rounded front and seamless sides with flush door handles and window glazings. For EVs, being aerodynamic is crucial and the exercise is tougher with SUVs where customers want a high driving position.

Pop-Out Door Handles

Conventional door handles have worked for years, and some automakers that have introduced flush handles with automated mechanisms to pop out have experienced glitches.  T. Jon Mayer, head of exterior design, says Volvo engineers have gone to great lengths to test the handles and the change is deemed worth it. It is part of the overall approach experience.

“As you walk up to the car, the EX90 knows you are there and it starts with an approach sequence of illumination, the door handles pivot to pop out, they illuminate not only the door handle to grab but also the ground around the car.” Mayer says the handles have undergone winter testing to make sure they can break ice and pop out.

Inside the Volvo EX90

There is a customizable 15-inch infotainment touchscreen with Google built in and 5G connectivity standard. It is also compatible with Apple CarPlay. Built-in Google apps and services include Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Android Auto. The SUV will help owners find available charging stations and pay for the juice with Plug and Charge.

The Volvo EX90 will be the first Volvo car to feature Dolby Atmos, delivering immersive sound via a Bowers & Wilkins audio system with 25 speakers, including ones integrated into the headrests. Mercedes also is introducing Dolby Atmos in its 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV. Dolby Atmos provides 4D 360-degree sound and requires Atmos-enabled sound files to create an experience similar to being in a movie theater.

You can leave your key fob at home and rely on phone key technology to unlock the EX90 with your smartphone. The feature will come standard.

Charge Both Car and Home With Volvo EX90

The EX90 will be offered with a bi-directional wall box and energy management system in some markets. Use the smart charging feature on the Volvo Cars app to choose the best time for convenience or cost to charge the SUV or to save energy, using the EX90 car battery as an extra energy source to supply power to the home or another car during peak times when prices are higher. In the future customers might be able to sell energy back to the grid.

The seven-passenger EX90 will go into production in the U.S. next year at the Volvo plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, with deliveries in 2024. Volvo will subsequently add production in China.

2022 BMW iX xDrive50 Specifications
BASE PRICE ~$80,000
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front and rear-motor, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
MOTOR TYPE Permanent Magnet Synchronous Machines (PMSM)
POWER (SAE NET) 408 – 517 hp
TORQUE (SAE NET) 568 – 671 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS 1-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) ~6,210 lbs
WHEELBASE 117.5 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 198.3 x 77.3 x 68.8 in.
0-60 MPH 4.7 – 5.7 sec
EPA RANGE, COMB ~300 miles
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