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2016-06-27 14:25

COMING TO SA: Volvo's new flagship model, the S90, will be in South Africa in the latter stages of 2016. Image: QuickPic

Estepona, Spain - The new Volvo S90, the Swedish company’s flagship luxury sedan, will be making its way to South Africa.

Due to be launched towards the end of 2016, the new Volvo S90 sets new benchmarks in comfort, luxury, technology, design, efficiency and semi-autonomous driving, says the Swedish automaker.

Wheels24 editor Sergio Davids is currently attending the international launch in Spain.

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Greg Maruszewski, managing director at Volvo Cars South Africa, says: “After the all-new XC90 made an absolutely enormous impact across the globe - including winning the 2016 WesBank/SAGMJ Car of the Year title here at home - the new S90 is a continuation of Volvo’s renaissance in South Africa and around the world.

“We believe that the new S90 offers a genuinely good, value-packed alternative to segment stalwarts, and we are keen to express our new Swedish luxury to this market in South Africa.”

Familiar, strong engines

Launching initially in 2016 with D5 AWD and T6 AWD derivatives with Momentum or Inscription trim, the full S90 range will be made available in South Africa. In 2017, D4 FWD, T5 FWD and R-Design variants will be introduced, with the T8 Twin Engine to follow at a later stage.

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Gallery: 2016 Volvo S90

The range-topping T8 Twin Engine produces 300kW/640Nm and emits just 44g/km of carbon dioxide, while still being able to propel from 0 to 100km/h just 5.2 seconds.

The updated D5 twin-turbo diesel engine, featuring new PowerPulse technology, is included in the range - with its unique compressed air solution to low-rpm turbo lag. 

Semi-autonomous driving included as standard

Volvo’s Pilot Assist semi-autonomous technology, standard across the entire S90 range, is now able to run up to 130km/h with clear lane markings and without the need for a lead car.

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Pilot Assist is a support system optimised for highway driving, which allows the driver to relax behind the wheel and enjoy the journey. 

Indicative pricing, which will be finalised closer to the time of launch, sees the comprehensive range priced from mid-R600 000 to R900 000.


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