Who remembers the old days when Volvo were renowned for those boringly indestructible boxes on wheels? Well, the indestructible bit may still be high on Volvo’s list of priorities, but the rest of the car is squarely aimed at the 21st century. Now there’s a brand-new, seven-seat SUV available to lease that raises those standards and adds the benefits of all-electric driving: the Volvo EX90.
Starting with the recently unveiled flagship EX90, Volvo will be introducing one new electric car each year with the aim of developing a purely electric line-up by 2030.
The Volvo EX90 is a versatile, stylish family car with modern proportions, and an incredibly elegant and airy interior. It can also deliver up to 373 miles on a single charge, and the battery recharges from 10 to 80% in under 30 minutes. The first model to hit the road is the twin-motor all-wheel-drive version powered by a 111kWh battery and two electric motors. That translates to more than 500bhp and almost 1000Nm of torque in a stylish and comfortable SUV.
But the real point of the Volvo EX90 lies beneath all that style and power. It’s the technology that Volvo has crammed in that really makes this a step into the future. Your Volvo EX90 won’t be just a new car, it will be a highly advanced computer on wheels.
Safety still at the core of Volvo
The Volvo EX90 has an invisible shield of safety powered by the latest sensing technology, inside and outside. Cameras, radars and lidar are connected to the car’s high-performance core computers and are designed to respond and react when you’re just a fraction too late. It can sense the road in front of you, whether it’s day or night, and see small objects hundreds of metres ahead, giving you more time to respond. Special sensors and cameras inside the car gauge eye gaze concentration so the EX90 can learn from experience and recognise when you’re distracted, drowsy or otherwise inattentive.
By combining the state-of-the-art computing power – it uses the same software engine as some of the biggest computer games around - you get lightning-fast computing power and high-quality graphics on the in-car screens and head-up display.
A 14.5-inch centre screen with built-in Google apps and services gives you hands-free help from Google Assistant, Google Maps navigation and more of your favourite apps on Google Play. The Volvo EX90 will also be compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay. Thanks to the standard 5G connection it’s quick and easy to install the apps you need on your home screen, as well as streaming your favourite music through the Bowers & Wilkins audio system featuring headrest-integrated speakers for immersive sound.
The Volvo EX90 will also come with phone key technology as standard, allowing your smartphone to serve as your car key and automatically unlock the car as you approach. As well as acting as a key, the Volvo App will also let you search for a public charging station, pay for charging, manage smart charging at home, and schedule your car’s over-the-air software updates.
The EX90 is also Volvo’s first car with all the necessary hardware to enable bi-directional charging. That means eventually you can use your car battery as an extra energy supply, for example to power your home, other electrical devices, or another electric Volvo car.
The entire system may not be available immediately, but the plan is for a complete home energy management system via the bi-directional wall box that helps you monitor and optimise your household’s energy consumption. The smart charging feature coming to the Volvo Cars app not only means you can charge your EX90 at the best (cheapest) time, but you could also store that energy in the car battery and send it back into your home for a power boost at peak times. Volvo is even looking into the possibility of selling excess energy back to the grid when you don’t need it for driving.
The new Volvo EX90 is much more than just another great car to lease. It looks great, features a fantastically roomy and welcoming interior, and offers plenty of power for a brilliant driving experience. At the same time, it can also help contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle and can make your day-to-day life so much easier.
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