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Volvo debuts its 5 Series-fighting S90 luxury sedan

Volvo continues to grow its luxury offerings with the announcement of the S90 large sedan. Look for it at the 2016 Detroit auto show.

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2017 Volvo S90

It's only been about a year since Volvo stepped fully into the luxury arena with the XC90 SUV. Today, the automaker pulls the wraps from its second act.

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Luxury sedan

The S90 is a large luxury sedan that is meant to challenge the likes of BMW's 5 Series and the Audi A6.

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SPA platform

The S90 is based on Volvo's modular SPA platform, like the XC90 that precedes it; their basic chassis design, powertrain and suspension components are shared.

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Hammer of Thor

The T-shaped "Hammer of Thor" LED daytime running lights are unique to Volvo's cars.

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T8 powertrain

Motivating the sedan is the automaker's T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, which mates a turbocharger and a supercharger to a four-cylinder engine on the front axle and then adds an electric motor on the rear axle to the mix.

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Tail lamps

Volvo's distinctive vertical tail light design wouldn't work for a sedan, so the automaker has been flexible with the rear illumination.

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Luxurious interior

The XC90's interior design is one of the best in the business, so we had high expectations for the S90's cabin.

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Leather and wood

Textured wood and leather cover most of the S90's interior surfaces. Interestingly, the XC90 Inscription's Orrefors crystal shifter does not appear in any of Volvo's photos.

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Volvo Sensus Connect

The vertically oriented Sensus Connect infotainment system is at front and center of the cockpit. We're fans of the responsive and well-organized software.

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Swedish design

Tiny Swedish flags adorn the seats, which feature an ergonomic design.

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Bowers & Wilkins audio

Top tier models will feature an encore presentation of the Bowers and Wilkins audio system that made an appearance in the XC90.

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2017 Volvo S90

It's safe to assume that the S90 will feature the same high level of available driver aid tech that the SUV did.

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Coming in 2016

The S90 will reach dealerships sometime in 2016.

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Debuting in Detroit

We expect to see the luxury sedan enter the fray when it debuts at the 2016 Detroit auto show in January.

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