Refreshing or Revolting: 2017 Volvo S90

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Drawing heavy inspiration from the Concept Coupe that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show and the new 2016 Volvo XC90 luxury SUV, the 2017 Volvo S90 luxury sedan is perfectly poised to replace the outdated Volvo S80. Based off Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the production S90 offers a modern design, a host of four-cylinder powertrains, and will make its official debut at the 2016 Detroit auto show. But are the changes enough to keep Volvo relevant in the luxury sedan segment? At the front, the “Thor’s Hammer” headlights carry over from the XC90. The S90 features a similar grille as seen on its SUV sibling with vertical grille slats, while the outgoing S80’s rest horizontally. The lower front bumper has been redesign, getting rid of the lower grille slats that ran the length of the front fascia for a more refined design. The foglights have been placed below the air intakes in front of the wheels, and to the side of the shortened lower grille. The hood has been refined, and while it still features the same basic sculpting, the character lines are more sophisticated and make the hood look less bulky. The side profile is more streamlined, with smoother character lines that get rid of the sharp angles of the previous model to offer a more polished look. The side windows are slightly smaller than the outgoing model, and feature a more angular style than the dated S80. At the rear, the taillights have been completely redesigned, no longer resting statically against the trunklid, but spilling onto it. The entire rear fascia receives a new look, with a wider trunklid and rounded tailpipes. Inside, everything has been refined, with a sleeker dash and center stack, redesigned steering wheel, and updated gauge cluster. The infotainment system has been lowered, and now rests parallel to the steering wheel, with an elongated center display like that in the XC90 that looks more like a tablet than an infotainment screen. The air vents now surround the screen instead of resting beneath it, spanning the length of the screen. The display itself is fully touchscreen, as Volvo has gotten rid of all buttons and knobs, except for those that control the HVAC system. The steering wheel now offers a three-pronged design with simplified controls, while the gauge cluster just behind features a purely digital display, with a space in the middle of the two gauges to presumably display vehicle or navigation information. The 2017 Volvo S90 is poised to replace the dated S80 with a new look and engine lineup, featuring inspiration from both the Concept Coupe and 2016 Volvo XC90. But are the changes enough for Volvo to break into the luxury sedan game? Let us know in the comments below. Last week we talked about the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, and reviews were mostly positive. “Definitely a major improvement. The interior looks gorgeous, and the exterior is a bit sportier while still very elegant. I just wish it didn’t have those damn portholes on the side. I really liked them putting them on the hood where they were a little more subtle,” said D.B. “It’s not a bad looking car, but the styling certainly doesn’t stand out. I just wonder when this current look-alike styling is going to end,” said dagot. “Very refreshing. It may be one of the bigger jumps in styling quality that I can recall from one generation to the next. Last generation looks like it was designed by a committee. This gen actually seems to have a team behind it,” said RPIbaldum. “Refreshing. It looks sleeker and more modern but it’s far from lust worthy; it’s a big FWD car with long overhangs,” said British_Boy_007.