The Swedish brand isn't just for hippy professors anymore.
Today's Volvo S80 dates back to 2006, so it goes without saying that a complete redesign is long overdue. Fortunately Volvo's new Chinese owners couldn't agree more. According to a new report, the S80 replacement, likely to be dubbed the S90, should launch sometime later this year. A wagon variant, likely called the V90, will also arrive not long after the sedan's debut. And fortunately Volvo is in a much better position today to launch a model as important as its flagship.
Speaking to Autocar at Detroit, a Volvo official admitted the automaker is learning many lessons from the XC90 SUV, such as the "incredible reaction we've had to that car, with 6,000 people placing orders before they've even sat in it." With that in mind, Volvo is aiming for the S90/V90 to be proper Jaguar XF and Audi A6 fighters. Expect for the pair to be powered by the same new family of engines first rolled out with the XC90: gasoline and diesel 2.0-liter four-cylinders as well as a range-topping 390 hp Twin Engine plug-in hybrid model. Styling-wise expect a blend of the recent Concept Coupe and 2011's Concept Universe. It's entirely possible the production S90 could debut at Geneva this March.