The new unit will feature a more advanced user experience.
We are still yet to get our first official look at the EX90 which is set to be the official successor of the highly successful Volvo XC90. Regardless, the Swedish brand has some high hopes and bold promises for its upcoming all-electric SUV including the ability to act as a mobile power source. In the build-up to its official reveal, we are being treated to an expansive marketing campaign that shows us how advanced and sustainable the new EV will be.
Now, Volvo has given us the first official look at the EX90's dashboard which, as to be expected, makes full use of digitalization while retaining the manufacturer's design philosophy. The new control hub maintains a similar steering wheel design, vertical touchscreen infotainment system, and other design cues but with a clear evolution from the current XC90.
With this new dashboard layout, Volvo explains that the primary focus will be a human-machine user experience via its "Contextual and Safe UX". This system will be available to assist with autonomous driving, entertainment, and general car function such as adjusting the climate control. It's the same as its current system, but more intuitive.
The new touchscreen infotainment system has been redesigned so that users can access basic functions with improved safety and efficiency regardless of whether the car is stationary or on the move. The new digital instrument cluster further improves this experience by acting as a visual display for the autonomous driving system.
Volvo explains that its software has been developed in-house and is powered by central computing power. Using this, it claims that it can expand the boundaries of what an infotainment system should be. Coupled with a 360-degree monitoring system, emergency intervention systems will also be evolved, even when autonomous driving is inactive.
Furthermore, although the software isn't quite there yet, the EX90's hardware is primed for fully autonomous driving. However, there is no indication as to when this technology will be market ready.
We also can't help but notice that the dash hosts a speaker almost identical to the one found in the Polestar 3, meaning It is highly likely that the new Bowers & Wilkins surround sound audio system will feature in the upcoming electric Swedish flagship SUV.