Volvo is developing a flagship sedan to slot above the S80. This new sedan might find its way to the U.S. later this year, according to a report from Reuters. A flagship sedan that would take on the Mercedes-Benz S-class and the BMW 7-series has been on Volvo’s drawing board for some time, though it wasn’t until 2013 that Volvo executives confirmed that the company was working on a large executive sedan.
The upcoming sedan would be based on Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture platform which currently underpins the new XC90 and could carry the S90 badge that adorned the last of the big sedans that Volvo had previously called 960s. It will be built at Volvo’s plant in the Chinese city of Daquing, and even though engines have not been confirmed at this point in time, we would expect to see the supercharged and turbocharged 2.0-liter T8 Twin Engine powering the front wheels, while a 79-hp electric motor powers the rear wheels. This drivetrain combination will be joined by two diesel engines, according to British magazine What Car?. The diesel variants would be powered by four-cylinder units badged as D4 and D5, borrowed from foreign-market versions of the XC90.
A large sedan was previewed by Volvo at the 2011 Shanghai motor show in the form of the Volvo Universe Concept, seen in the photo above. A suicide-doored flagship with design elements borrowed from classic Volvo cars, the Universe Concept also incorporated what some saw as Jaguar design elements.
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