Volvo’s Betting Big on a New $80,000 Luxury SUV, the New 2024 Volvo EX90
We won’t be seeing any of Volvo’s newest all-electric crossover for another 18 months. But if the new 2024 EX90 should be a prelude for what we can expect from future EV Volvo crossovers and wagons – and we’re not complaining. That means spartan, modern interiors, super-powerful electric motors, clean styling, and new safety features. For several weeks we’ve been seeing drips and drops of info from Volvo about the new EX90, but now we know the details on this ultimate Volvo crossover.
The basics on the new 2024 Volvo EX90
The most striking feature of the new Volvo EX90 SUV isn’t the exterior, it looks very much like an evolution of Volvo’s current cars and crossover wagons. It’s the interior. Volvo took a page out of Tesla’s playbook and attached a giant 14.5-inch screen in the center of the dash, and a digital cluster for the driver, and added a dash-length heater vent. It’s all very spartan, but it looks luxurious like an Eames chair looks luxurious.
But, take a look at those headlights that seem to sparkle like Thor’s hammer when the thing starts up. Liek the current EX90 Recharge, it’s a three-row SUV.
Volvo expects the new 2024 EX90 to get up to 300 miles of range on a charge, which puts it near competitors, like Cadillac’s 312 miles of range in the new Lyriq and the 246 miles the Porsche Taycan can achieve. With a fast charger, you can get the batteries from 10% to 80% charge in 30 minutes. Initially, it will have a sports-car like numbers, with 496 horsepower delivered from two permanent magnet motors. Speaking of charging, it will come with bi-directional charging capability, so if you want to power something else, like your house or a full camp site, you can.
Since it’s a Volvo car safety is paramount
Volvo, especially in the U.S., is known for making cars and SUVs that take safety seriously. The EX90 uses dozens (hundreds?) of sensors to understand its surroundings and you, the driver, as well as passengers. The crossover comes with cameras, radar, LiDAR, and more connected to what it calls NVIDIA DRIVE. The new sensors can see small objects hundreds of yards ahead and can alert you to even small obstacles.
The idea is to help keep you alert through, first, nudging you and then stepping up the alerts. It can even pull itself over if you happen to fall asleep at the wheel. It also uses tech to learn as you drive so that it’s not too intrusive. According to Engadget, it’s the safest Volvo ever.
It’s part of Volvo’s long-term strategy
Volvo has promised that it will sell only fully-electric cars and SUVs by 2030. That means no more gas engines, and no more hybrids. To get there, though, the company will have to introduce (at least) one new fully-electric vehicle every year.
This is also part of Volvo’s overall plan to be fully climate neutral by 2040. To that end, the new 2024 Volvo EX90 will contain about 15 percent recycled steel, 25 pounds of recycled aluminum, and 105 powers of recycled plastics.
How much is a new 2024 Volvo EX90?
The new 2024 Volvo EX90 won’t be cheap. This is, after all, Volvo’s top-of-the-line (for now) electric vehicle and the company says that it will start “Under $80,000.” You can pre-order today, but you can’t configure one today. Instead, you’ll be able to do that in the fall of next year and get your car in 2024. Interestingly, Volvo says all EX90s are expected to come from its Charleston, South Carolina, plant.