Zapping Auto Moto Fiat Topolino Dolcevita: on board the ultra trendy micro-city car
Until now, when a station wagon appeared at Volvo, it was best aligned with the references of large touring cars such as Mercedes E Class or BMW 5 Series, invariably located below the 5 meter long mark, at the image of the late Volvo V90, recently released from the manufacturer’s catalog. At a faster pace than its German competitors, it is withdrawing from the thermal vehicle market to focus only on electric vehicles, in the very short term, under the leadership of Geely, its Chinese parent company.
An opportunity which opens the doors to unexplored niches for Volvo, such as luxury shuttles, the new EM90 closely resembling an extrapolation of the exotic Zeekr 009, launched a few months earlier. Hence the roughness of its lines which would almost make those of a good old 240 station wagon pass for bio-design. Let us point out that its designers had little latitude to evolve its silhouette, the machine inheriting almost the entire cell of its Chinese cousin (wheelbase of 3.20 m), only the bows and sterns having benefited from facilities of distinction.
With the hope of becoming the darling of luxury hotels and other palaces that wish to transport their clients, the Volvo EM90 creates a “business-class” atmosphere in its passenger compartment equipped, in the second row, with only two Pullman armchairs with capacity for infinite adjustments which feature large armrests housing aviation tablets, while a 15.6” screen faces the two passengers who also benefit from a premium hi-fi system from Bowers & Wilkins with 21 speakers. . The third row also offers two seats that are a bit less welcoming, because they are located between the rear wheel arches.
Necessarily 100% electric, the Volvo EM90 is not intended to panic the stopwatch and is satisfied with a 200 kW (268 hp) electromotor, however capable of speeding from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds. It prefers to take advantage of its gigantic 116 kWh battery to ensure 738 km of autonomy, according to the Chinese CLTC approval cycle. Reduced to our WLTP standard, it should easily exceed 600 km. Equipped with fast charging, it only takes 30 minutes to recover from 10 to 80% capacity.
Tempted by the European market?
The Volvo EM90 is primarily intended for the Asian market, for the moment, while perhaps waiting to know the commercial results of the Lexus LM, the very first luxury van to venture into the European market, but via hybrid mechanics. Because the bill promises to be steep for the Swedish carrier, to the extent that its Japanese competitor is already asking for more than €123,000 for the basic version.
To sum up
An outrageously cubic Volvo is ultimately nothing exceptional. But when we learn that it extends to 5.20 m, we wonder who is this curiosity aimed at?
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