Volvo’s luxury flagship is destined for China, but other markets may get it too
The Volvo S90L has been spotted testing in China, where the automaker is planning to debut this long-wheelbase version of its new flagship sedan. The S90L will join the standard-wheelbase model in the marque’s global lineup, but only in selected markets.
The S90L will be stretched at the B-pillar, buying the rear-seat passengers a few extra inches of legroom and a reworked interior that may also get the first-class Excellence treatment with fold-out tables and footrests. The rear doors will be stretched by 4 or 5 inches, and the rear seats will be moved back to carve out a little more legroom.
Don’t expect the S90L to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the BMW 7-Series; the Volvo sedan will be aimed at Chinese-market, long-wheelbase versions of the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6L and the Jaguar XF-L, and will be priced accordingly. The long-wheelbase variant is also likely to stick to the standard lineup of engines, without Polestar tweaks to give it extra oomph.
Volvo recently showed the S90 Lounge Console concept that imagines a reworked luxury interior with a multipurpose console instead of a front passenger seat, to benefit rear-seat passengers.
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The concept of a stretched S90 isn’t without precedent; Volvo offered stretched versions of the old S90 with re-engineered rear doors and C-pillars, sold under the S90 Royal and Royal Hermes nameplates. Volvo also offered the second-generation S80L in China, alongside the S60L, which last year quietly became the first Chinese-made car to be sold in the U.S.
The long-wheelbase version of the S90 has not yet been confirmed for the U.S., so we’ll have to wait for the Paris motor show to find out if Volvo will bring it to our shores. The standard-wheelbase S90, meanwhile, will go on sale in the U.S. in July.