2021.07.02.  3,323 read Sub-large car that satisfies demanding Korean consumers, Volvo S90 B5 Inscription KB Cha Cha Cha 8

2021.07.02. 3,323 read Sub-large car that satisfies demanding Korean consumers, Volvo S90 B5 Inscription KB Cha Cha Cha 8

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A flagship is a model that contains all the technologies and capabilities of a company. When compared to automobiles, a large sedan comes to mind first, but there are also brands that claim a mid-size or semi-large sedan as their flagship. Volvo has packed various technology and convenience specifications in the size of a semi-large sedan from the S80. This continues with its successor model, the S90. It’s the flagship of a semi-large sedan with a 2.0L engine, but it’s packed with Volvo’s latest technology and luxury.

The Volvo S90 is the 6th year of its debut and has undergone a facelift last year. The impressive part is that the needs of the Korean market were actively reflected in the development of the facelift model. In terms of global sales of the S90, Korea is the fourth market. As many Koreans chose it, it seems that they made an effort to contain the tastes of Korean consumers.

Is that so? The S90 facelift model, which is imported into Korea, has unified the lineup as a long wheelbase model with an additional length of 125 mm. We also added some colorful equipment that stands out. The crystal gear knob, which symbolizes the T8, has been expanded to all trims of the Inscription. It also has a panoramic sunroof. In addition, the B lineup with a mild hybrid drivetrain was newly introduced.

The new Volvo S90 looks more gorgeous than its predecessor. We actively used chrome, which seems to be part of the taste in China, which is a key sales market. In the Chinese market, a glamorous impression is important. At the front, the three-dimensional emblem of Volvo, the long and thick chrome decoration, and the changed shape of the bumper stand out.

The side part is more elegantly stretched out. The length of the tailgate was increased with the introduction of the long wheelbase model. The rear part is sporty trimmed. Tail lamps, bumpers, mufflers, etc. were overhauled and new functions were added. Tail lamps are a prime example. Three-dimensional graphics and dynamic turn signals have been newly added to enhance visibility.

The interior doesn’t differ significantly from the 2016 model in basic design and configuration, but it still looks attractive thanks to its time-honored design and premium materials. The leather that wraps around the interior and the well-grained aluminum and wood trim look great, but they feel great in the hand. In particular, the sound of the Bowers & Wilkins sound system boasts top-notch sound worthy of its flagship.

Changes to the facelift model can be found more in the rear seats. In the Korean market, semi-large sedans are used for various purposes. It is often driven by the driver, but it is also used as a family car or a ceremonial car, so the habitability of the back seat is important. The S90’s wheelbase has been increased by 119 mm, so there’s plenty of legroom in the rear. In addition, the VIP seat on the right has a power control lever for the front passenger and a button to open and close the panoramic sunroof and the rear awning.

Volvo stopped selling general internal combustion engines in 2019. So the S90 is only sold as a mild hybrid (B5, B6) and plug-in hybrid (T8). The D5 diesel engine has been discontinued. The test vehicle, the B5 Inscription, is a mild hybrid. The 2.0L gasoline turbo engine has a maximum output of 250 horsepower and a maximum torque of 35.7 kg·m, and the electric motor has a maximum output of 14 horsepower and a maximum torque of 4.1 kg·m.

Thanks to the hybrid system, fuel economy is also improved compared to the previous model. When driving between 80 and 100 km/h in line with the flow of the road, the average fuel efficiency was recorded in the late 15 km/L. However, the average fuel efficiency in the city section was difficult to exceed the late 8km/L range. The official fuel economy of the S90 facelift model is 11.3km/L combined, 9.8km/L in the city, and 13.7km/L on the highway.

In a mild hybrid, the electric motor intervenes when starting and starting the engine. That’s why you can hear a little bit of motor noise during the start-up process. It doesn’t unleash any irritating power, but it steadily and persistently speeds up. In general, the perceived performance is similar to that of a 3.0L naturally aspirated engine. In particular, it is impressive that the ride comfort of the facelift model has changed from before.

The existing S90 boasted a light response comparable to that of a sports sedan. Even if I intentionally disturbed the behavior of the vehicle, I was able to immediately adjust my posture and accelerate. It was a very good part for drivers who enjoy sporty driving as it can be driven with confidence in any situation. Volvo’s unique sensibility, solidity, and reliability were outstanding, which was similar to a German car but gave a different feeling.

However, the long wheelbase model was an impression that focused on realizing a smooth ride for the rear seat passengers instead of the driving taste for the driver. The ride was really smooth and nice. Previously, it was a flagship for driving enthusiasts, but the current S90 long wheelbase model that has undergone a facelift is considered to contain changes to appeal to more customers as a flagship. As a result, the S90 facelift model is an attractive option that can satisfy the diverse needs of Korean consumers in this weight class market.

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