Volvo’s flagship S90 sedan will start at $47,945

Volvo has announced U.S. pricing and launch details for its new S90 flagship sedan after its North American debut earlier this week at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

I’m already a big fan of the estate’s fluid design, but now there’s one more reason to love the Swedish marque’s new flagship: its price tag. The S90 T5 Momentum edition will start at $47,945 (including a $995 destination fee), which may be $3,500 more than the existing S80 sedan, but it’s an incredible value for what you get.

The T5’s 2.0-liter turbocharged Drive-E engine is expected to deliver 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A leather cabin is standard, along with a 9.0-inch infotainment system and Volvo’s “Thor’s Hammer” LED headlights (which debuted on the XC90 SUV).

“We wanted to design a car that enhances the driver’s life, not a sedan that’s merely a status symbol,” explained designer Thomas Ingenlath.

If 250 hp doesn’t sound like enough to motivate the large sedan, buyers can opt for the T6 AWD Momentum package in exchange for $53,945. The T6 trim means both turbocharging and supercharging technology is integrated into the same 2.0-liter mill to the tune of 316 hp. The package also adds heated front seats, an upgraded driver information display and dual exhaust ports.

Rivals like BMW’s 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E350 come in a little cheaper than the T6 level S90 ($51,995 and $53,575, respectively), but they’re also down on power to the S90 (240 hp in the BMW and 302 hp in the Benz) and have smaller cabins. A more direct rival would be Audi’s A6, which starts at $47,125 and makes 252 horses.

Another distinction for the Volvo is its high-tech feature set. The S90 is claimed to be the first car in the U.S. to offer semi-autonomous capabilities as standard. Pilot Assist holds a lane and controls vehicle speed in traffic at speeds of up to 80 mph. The S90 also comes with an advanced Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system that reacts to large animals and other vehicles and a detection system for road departure.

Orders for the new S90 are now being accepted and first deliveries are scheduled for this summer.

Cars

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.
Cars

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.
Cars

The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder

The Lexus RC F has been one of the heavier cars in its competitive set since its introduction. The Japanese firm's engineers set out to shed weight as they gave the model a mid-cycle update.
Cars

China’s GAC Motor cruises into Detroit with all-electric Entranze concept

Chinese automaker GAC Motor brought its all-electric Entranze concept to the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. This is the third straight year that GAC has appeared in Detroit, and the company has established a design center in California.
Cars

Big tech, bigger grille: BMW updates its 7 Series flagship for 2020

The BMW 7 Series will enter the 2020 model year with a host of updates inside, outside, and under the sheet metal. The new-look nose with a jumbo grille hides updated engines, while passengers benefit from smart tech features.
Emerging Tech

Ford’s sweaty robot bottom can simulate 10 years of seat use in mere days

Ford has developed 'Robutt,' a sweaty robot bottom that's designed to simulate the effects of having a pair of human buttocks sitting on its car seats for thousands of hours. Check it out.
Cars

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…
Cars

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.
News

Ford has a plan to future-proof the hot-selling F-150 pickup truck

Worried about the threat of rising gas prices, Ford will add the F-150 to its growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. It is currently developing a hybrid F-150, and it will release an electric version of the next-generation truck.
Cars

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version

Lincoln will get its own version of parent Ford's first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle. While Ford's version will have styling inspired by the Mustang, Lincoln will take a more traditional approach.
Home Theater

Spotify adds simplified Car View mode for Android users

What was once just a test is now a reality: Spotify is rolling out a new, simplified in-car user interface for all Android users called Car View, which automatically engages when the app detects a car Bluetooth connection.
Cars

Boutique carmaker Karma Automotive, legendary design firm Pininfarina team up

Karma Automotive is partnering with legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina on future luxury cars. The first product of that partnership will appear later this year, Karma said, without offering other details.
Cars

Driving Daimler’s 40-ton eCascadia big rig isn’t just fun, it’s electrifying

Daimler Trucks brought its all-electric eCascadia semi-truck to the 2019 CES, and invited us to take the wheel. What does it feel like to drive one? Simply electrifying, of course.
Cars

Tesla cuts workforce by 7 percent, ends referral program to trim costs

Tesla has announced plans to trim its workforce by seven percent, and it will end the referral program that rewards customers who help it sell cars. These measures are ways to cut costs and boost profits.