In the recent past, we have seen Volvo significantly bridge the gap between its sedans and those from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. The automaker is still determined to bridge the gap even further. After releasing a new design language with the S90 sedan, the automaker has now added extra performance features to the sedan to make it even more attractive.
After hooking up the R-Design treatment to the XC90 SUV, the automaker has hooked up the S90 sedan with the same treatment. This treatment involves tweaking the exterior body kit to look sportier. The treatment is also extended to the cabin; however, it is not accompanied by a drive-train upgrade.
The R-Design treatment is targeted to buyers who look for a sportier appearance on their models without necessarily adding more power output.
2017 Volvo S90 R-Design Exterior
From a far, the 2017 Volvo S90 R-Design is identical to the standard S90. Actually, you can only tell the difference upon a closer look. The exterior upgrades are similar to those done on the XC90 R-Design. At the front, the S90 R-Design features a smaller lower grille that is narrower than the main grille unlike the standard model whose lower grille stretches the entire width of the apron. The bumper has also been modified.
The intakes below the main headlights have been modified also and they now feature LED fog lights. The main grille features horizontal slats rather than the standard model’s vertical ones. A black trim completes the front fascia redesign; it has replaced the chrome trim on standard models.
Volvo has not altered the flanks except the addition of 5-spoke wheels with a 2-tone color design and aluminum mirror caps. The rear of the S90 R-Design features an “R” badge to signify its performance-oriented status. Other features are similar to the standard models.
Overall, the automaker has tweaked the 2017 S90 R-Design to look more aggressive than the standard model.
2017 Volvo S90 R-Design Interior
Volvo seems to have a standard for its R-Design models. The S-90 R-Design wears the same interior upgrades as the XC90 R-Design. The upgrades begin with sporty contour seats which are upholstered in Nappa and Nubuck leather. The steering wheel, gear knob are also wrapped in perforated leather.
Volvo has also rebranded the floor mats, tread plates and pedals with R-Design logos. In addition, the models feature a 12.3-inch infotainment system. To complete the upgrade is an illumination package that makes the interior look more stylish and exudes the great attention to detail the automaker had in crafting the cabin.
Engine Specs and performance
We all expected a new engine or at least a power hike but Volvo has just maintained power output as in the standard S90. However, the model has offered all drive-trains available in the standard S90.
As such the S90 R-Design will feature a turbocharged 4-cylinder T5 gasoline engine which produces 254 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the gasoline turbocharged and supercharged 4-cylinder T6 capable of 316 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque as well as the T8, a hybrid engine rated at 410 horses. These are the only engines available for the North American market.
In other markets, the model will be sold in two additional diesel drive-trains the D4 and D5. The D4 is rated at 190 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque while the D5 spits out 225 horses and a whopping 346 lb-ft of torque.
Both a 6-speed manual gearbox and an 8-speed automatic transmission will be offered.
Price and release date
Volvo has already opened its order books for the new Volvo S90 R-Design 2017 and its sister the V90 R-Design but sales will commence in the last quarter of 2016 and early 2017 in some markets. The automaker, however remained tightlipped about the prices of the models.
However, going by the XC90 R-Design, expect a price hike ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 over the base sedan which has a starting price of $46,950 in the U.S. market.