Volvo V90 Polestar Rendering: Why We Want a Performance Hybrid Wagon from Sweden

Volvo V90 Polestar Rendering 1 photo
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When Volvo introduced its Concept Estate at the Geneva Motor Show last year, we were all left lusting for the styling details of the Swedish shooting brake. Fast forward to next year's Geneva event, we'll get to see the brand introducing the family man's version of the just-launched S90, namely the V90.
While the V90 will land on American soil, the version that's really keeping us on our toes is the Polestar-massaged one.

How did we get from falling in love with a shooting brake to eagerly awaiting what will probably be a performance hybrid Volvo?

Even if you're not a big fan of station wagons or hybrids, understanding Volvo's new philosophy will make you develop a soft spot for the Polestar V90.

We'll start with the gasoline-electric part. When Volvo's current flagship, the seven-seater XC90 SUV, comes in four-cylinder guise only and has a range-topping hybrid model, you know these Swedes are serious about keeping that polar ice cap from melting.

So why not let Polestar show us what happens when the development Volvo is most proud of, their 407 hp T8 hybrid powertrain, is tuned for going fast?

Then there's the wagon part - with its boxy estates, Volvo has seriously contributed to defining the identity of the segment. So we can only be happy to see the big trunk version of the S90 coming to the world.

The rendering above is meant to sprinkle a bit of dreamy dust over the topic, but those of you who want to see what the standard V90 will look like only need to check out the scale model leaked earlier this year.

The big picture

Volvo currently pushes half a million cars per year and their plan is to up the ante to 800,000 cars per year by the end of the decade. They expect 10 percent of those vehicles to use hybrid powertrains.

And for those of you who really don't want to hear about the electric stuff, we'll remind you Volvo engineers are also busy working on a triple charged engine these days, with the 2-liter being rated at 450 hp last year. Dear Santa...
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