What You Need To Know About The New 2024 Volvo EX90 Electric SUV
With production anticipated for Q4 of this year, there’s a lot of buzz circulating about Volvo’s first big Electric SUV. The 2024 Volvo EX90 is a substantive three-row seven seater SUV is the brand’s latest step towards its all-electric future, and a select cluster of Canadian journalists were provided the opportunity to take an up close and personal look at the pre-production model this past week to get a better sense of what’s to come. We’ll have much more to say when the first drive events start to happen, but for now, here’s the 411.
By The Numbers
When looking at something of this size and stature, the primary questions are always the same. Standing roughly the same size as the brand’s flagship XC90, the EX90 EV is set to deliver up to 480 kilometres of range on a single charge, with the ability to charge from 10% to 80% battery in as little as 30 minutes depending on the output of the available charging station at the time. It’ll be offered in a Twin Motor configuration offering 402 horsepower, and a Twin Motor Performance variant with 496 horsepower. Though large in stature, that should still be plenty to deliver a spirited drive.
All About Tech
Regardless of propulsion, any major SUV from a premium brand is destined to be laden with bells and whistles, and the EX90 is no exception. The brand’s touchscreen infotainment systems remain some of the best in the business when it comes to user experience, and everything you can imagine is controlled via the touchscreen display. There is a single play/pause/volume knob on the console, but it’s almost as if that was added as a design detail rather than anything else.
Of course, Volvo tech isn’t just about navigation and music playback. The brand has long been known for its impeccable safety systems, and the EX90 is fitted with Volvo’s latest and greatest Lidar and Safe Space Technology. For those wondering, Lidar is short for Light Detection and Ranging — a technology based on the principles of radar that uses laser light for 3D mapping of environments/surroundings. To quote Volvo: “The advanced standard exterior sensor set with radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors is in Volvo EX90 complemented with a lidar that continuously scan the environment in front of the car, enabling an accurate and high-precision estimate of the shape and size of objects in three-dimensional understanding of the surroundings.”
An Animated and Very Swedish Experience
Looking at the overall design of this new electric SUV, two things were readily apparent. Aesthetically, it’s what we can only describe as very Volvo. The lines, the proportions, the extremely sleek and design-forward interior — every last detail screams Scandinavian design. That said, there are a couple of especially playful elements that are worthy of their own little moment. Up front, you’ll first notice Volvo’s more recent LED headlight design, known as Thor’s Hammer. Where it gets interesting is that these are not static — when you cycle to high and low beams, the hammers open to reveal additional lights behind this frame. You can see what we mean in the video shared on the SHARP Instagram feed.
Around back, if you look at the top of the open tailgate, you’ll notice something that immediately brings to mind an Ikea instruction manual. Those who drive larger vehicles like the EX90 often find themselves moving or hauling an assortment of larger and oddly sized goods, rather than just passengers. To help with this, the diagram seen above provides the dimensions of the cargo area (both the second and third row fold flat, FYI).
Though there’s been some speculation on pricing — media in the US are suggesting an entry price of around $80,000 USD — the details for the Canadian market are still yet to come. We’ll be sure to keep our readers up to date as the EX90 gets ready to hit the market.
Learn more about the 2024 Volvo EX90 here.