Does Volvo make an MPV? Well, the Swedish company has just unveiled its first with the EM90. It will launch in China where the premium MPV vehicle segment is booming.
The EM90 might be its first modern MPV but it is inspired by the Volvo Duett from 1953. Volvo describes that classic as offering versatility and spaciousness, years before the MPV segment was created.
It is fully electric, as part of Volvo’s push to become a producer of only electric vehicles by 2030, featuring a whopping 116kWh battery. The range is listed at an impressive 738km under the CLTC test (China Light-duty Test Cycle).
Power is sent to a 200kW e-motor which enables the MPV to scoot off from 0-100km/h in 8.3 seconds. Charging the battery from 10-80 per cent is set to take under 30 minutes, Volvo says. Specific power input levels haven’t been mentioned but with a battery this big it would want to take in around 350kW.
Inside, it’s a concoction of suave Swedish design and cutting-edge technology. With a unique six-seat layout, with six individual seats, this is all about passenger comfort as well. The middle row features reclining chairs with extendable leg rests, and there’s a 15.6-inch media screen hanging from the ceiling.
Up at the front you’ll find a 15.4-inch infotainment screen paired with a 21-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, with the on-board computer running Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms from Qualcomm, with 5G connectivity. A large sunroof and dual-chamber air suspension provide added comfort.
The Volvo EM90 will launch in China first and in fact it is now available for pre-order there, with other markets set to follow down the track. Jim Rowan, CEO at Volvo Cars, said:
“With the EM90, we’re taking Volvo Cars’ heritage and leadership in safety into the exciting new electric MPV segment. It allows us to tap new market demand we’ve not explored before and broadens the appeal of the Volvo brand to more people.”