UPDATE: Volvo unveiled the all-new 2024 EX90 electric SUV on Nov. 9, 2022.
Volvo is going electric by 2030. That process will begin in earnest with a new all-electric flagship SUV, which Volvo confirmed will be called the EX90. It will be sold alongside a refreshed version of the combustion XC90 to start. And like that gracefully aging crossover, the EX90 should set the tone for Volvo’s next generation of vehicles.
Here’s what we know about the Volvo EX 90 — which should arrive for the 2023 model year and be built in America — so far.
Previous reporting had tabbed the reveal for Q4 2022. And Volvo has confirmed a reveal date for the EX90 on November 9, 2022.
Volvo revealed details about the sustainable materials used in the EX90. The wood trim is FSC certified. Seats can be optioned with a humane and environmentally friendly wool blend. Textiles are made from recycled plastic bottles. And Volvo says that 110 pounds of the vehicle comes from either recycled plastics or bio-based materials.
Volvo will take a cue from the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and offer bi-directional charging capability on the EX90. This will allow the EX90 to send power back out from its battery to charge your home, appliances or even another EV. This capability, in theory, will allow owners to use the SUV as a backup generator and to peak shave during times when electricity is expensive.
Volvo notes that the EX90 will be "hardware ready" for bidirectional charging. So specific functionality may roll out in different markets at different times with software updates.
Volvo announced the EX90 will use an interior radar system to detect occupants and prevent child deaths in hot cars. The system will prevent you from locking the car if a child or pet is detected, display a reminder on the center console screen and can keep the climate controls on to maintain a comfortable temperature. The feature will come standard where regulations allow.
Volvo had previously said this SUV would receive "a name, like a child" rather than an alphanumeric designation. That led to reporting the new SUV would be called the Embla, after the first woman of Norse mythology.
According to Automotive News, new Volvo CEO Jim Rowan decided against a more radical switch to model names citing "brand familiarity" as a major factor taken into account.
Autocar describes the EX90's appearance as a "production ready" version of the Concept Recharge. The styling language will be similar, though some of the futuristic details — as one would expect — will be "toned down."
Per Autocar, the EX90 will provide a "simpler and cleaner" driver environment. The EX90 will have a minimalist look and take advantage of the space provided by the flat floor. Expect Volvo to move controls to a giant center console touchscreen, which should use the new Google OS and may have gaming-quality 3D graphics.
Why take the trouble to include a prominent LiDAR sensor in a concept car? To highlight that you're planning to include some serious new tech. Volvo told Automotive News that the new flagship SUV may debut Volvo's "unsupervised" Level 3 hands-free driving system on highways — allowing the driver to text and watch YouTube.
Going zero emission does not have to be a huge expenditure.