Following the debut of the 2016 Volvo XC90, the Swedish automaker’s renaissance will continue with the Volvo S90 luxury sedan, seen here testing in prototype form. Though the car is heavily camouflaged, we can see certain details like headlights and windows, along with the overall proportions of this sedan that will compete with the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Much of the Volvo S90’s look was previewed by the series of three Volvo concepts that debuted in 2013 and 2014 to establish the brand’s new design language. A scale model of the S90 that leaked out a few weeks ago also seems to correspond with this camouflaged prototype. Up front, the S90 looks to feature the same “Thor’s Hammer” headlights as the XC90, along with the concave front grille from the Volvo Concept Coupe shown at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show. The S90 also has a relatively long hood that transitions into a low beltline, which should afford good visibility. The rear end appears to have a short trunklid and squared-off taillights, though the the shape is obscured by some pieces of cladding.
Riding on the same Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform as the XC90, the Volvo S90 will likely offer both front- and all-wheel drive versions. Various Drive-E powertrains will go under the hood, with the U.S.-market sedan likely to parallel the XC90 lineup with a turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the T6 model and a plug-in hybrid version for the T8. A wagon version called the V90 will follow the sedan, and will spawn a raised V90 Cross Country to replace the existing XC70.
Expect the Volvo S90 to make its official debut early next year, and check out this gallery of spy photos in the meantime.