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Volvo S90 loses petrol and diesel engines from line-up

The flagship Volvo S90 saloon is now only available with the company’s range-topping, 385bhp T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain

Volvo has restructured the S90 line-up for 2020, removing the saloon’s conventional petrol and diesel engines from sale. Now, the S90 is only available with the brand’s range-topping, T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain, in either the sporty R-Design or comfort-biased Inscription trim-levels. Prices start from £55,180 and £56,030 respectively.

The Volvo S90 T8’s powertrain comprises a 300bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, an 86bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle and an 11.6kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The system offers a claimed 0–62mph time of 5.1 seconds, a maximum electric-only range of up to 35 miles and fuel economy figures of between 112.8mpg and 165.9mpg.

Standard equipment for the S90 includes 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, leather upholstery, two-zone climate control, heated front seats, a 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle and a nine-inch infotainment system. R-Design models also get an aggressive exterior styling pack, sports seats and privacy glass, while Volvo’s Inscription trim-level adds chrome trim, deeper-pile carpets and a massage function for the front seats.

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The V90 estate range has also been restructured, although the updates differ from those applied to its saloon sibling. The estate is no longer offered with Volvo’s T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain – now, the most powerful unit available is the T6-badged 2.0-litre four-cylinder plug-in hybrid, which develops 250bhp and 350Nm of torque.

Meanwhile, it retains Volvo’s conventional range of combustion engines. Options include a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol unit with either 194bhp, 247bhp or 296bhp outputs, or a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel with either 187bhp or 232bhp. The most powerful version of each engine also features an all-wheel-drive system.

Prices for the V90 estate start £40,475 for the entry-level Momentum model and climb to £56,030 for the range-topping PHEV-powered Inscription variant. Volvo’s off-road inspired Cross Country trim-level is also available on all-wheel-drive models, priced from £49,900.

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