Volvo S90 Polestar as well as V90 Polestar to get hybrid power
Volvo V90 Polestar – Autocar rendering
Swedish firm’s boss suggests ‘sophisticated performance’ as well as says focus will be on electrification; UK keen on a fast wagon V90
Volvo will launch high-performance versions of its fresh S90 saloon as well as forthcoming V90 estate, carrying Polestar badging as well as featuring hybrid powertrains, the company’s boss has revealed.
The Swedish brand’s fresh flagship saloon – which sits on the same Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) as the XC90 SUV – is usually designed to take on the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class as well as Audi A6, as well as the Jaguar XF. All of those executive saloon rivals have hot versions, though – as well as the German brands in particular sell a wide range of add ons as well as suspension as well as Centeng kits branded with their respective performance divisions.
Volvo must do the same, according to the company’s boss Hakan Samuelsson. “You could have a high-performance variant [of the S90] without leaving the brand,” he said. “You could still have a nice car with smart design as well as functionality, nevertheless what’s wrong using a little performance?”
“So right right now we develop the S60 as well as V60 as Polestar variants, as well as we believe in which brand – which’s why we bought the item. So right now we’re looking at using the item more as well as we will use the item on performance cars within the family.”
Samuelsson also suggested which Polestar’s future direction might include hybrid types. “How we bring the brand to market is usually open,” he said, “nevertheless one way we are definitely looking at is usually for Polestar to focus on electrification.”
which comment was supported by Volvo’s R&D chief Peter Mertens, who said, “Polestar will still be sophisticated performance; the item’s not just a case of doing a ‘boy racer’ by dropping a big engine in there. Hybrid power is usually the direction which Polestar will go in. In a way, Tesla has legitimised electric performance, although Polestar will be more sophisticated again. We want to be able to offer high performance without regrets.”A Volvo V90 Polestar mega-wagon is usually under consideration – nevertheless its chances of generating production depend on there being a business case for the item.
Volvo right now owns its Polestar division, which grew through its involvement inside Swedish Touring Car Championship, as well as is usually seeking to expand its remit. At present the item sells S60 as well as V60 Polestar cars, nevertheless only the latter inside UK. The V60 Polestar is usually powered by a 345bhp 3.0-litre V6 with 369lb ft as well as a launch control-governed 0-62mph claim of 5.0sec.
The fresh Volvo S90 was revealed today, with the standard Volvo V90 estates set to be revealed early next year.
“If you look at what Audi does with its fast wagons then the item is usually an interesting proposition,” said Volvo UK managing director Nick Connor. “I’d say a wagon is usually more likely for us than a Polestar edition of the S90, because we develop the heritage there through our days with the 850 inside British Touring Car Championship, nevertheless we know we must get our core types right before we go out as well as play.”
Connor also highlighted the current conflict between Volvo’s current environmental-led image as well as its Polestar division. However, he said the growing interest in hybrid vehicles, as well as Volvo’s commitment to sell a plug-in hybrid edition of every car the item launches, could help to tie the two sides together. “Polestar optimising the T8 hybrid powertrain might be very interesting,” he said. “which might present a very interesting technical solution, with the ultimate power being combined with an environmental powertrain.
“Look at what Tesla have done with things like Ludicrous mode. The Tesla product S isn’t a performance car, nevertheless by adding in elements of performance they have got people talking about the item as if the item is usually.”
Bespoke luxury division also considered
Volvo is usually looking to launch a bespoke service for customers who want more luxury or unique colour schemes on their cars – although the plan remains some way through fruition.
Customer appetite for high-end Volvos became clear when First Edition Volvo XC90s, priced at £68,000 inside UK, sold out within 48 hours despite being available in only one colour as well as trim option. right now, Volvo says the item sees increasing demand through high-end customers who want to customise their cars.
“Work is usually ongoing to see what opportunities are there,” said Iain Howat, Volvo UK’s head of product. “If we do something, the item might be more along the lines of what they do with the Range Rover Autobiography. nevertheless we have to get the basics right before we start playing. There are very active discussions as well as various mock-ups have been made based on the Concept 26 Inner surface [seen at the recent Los Angeles motor show] which look very close to production.”
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