Mild Changes for New Volvo 90s
Why mess with success? Volvo is updating The 90 series of sedans and wagons with a minimal number of appearance and mechanical changes for 2021.
The biggest change is the availability of a mild-hybrid system, a sort of hybrid-hybrid. It is a belt-driven motor-generator that recovers energy from braking that is then stored for later use. This energy aids the engine and is used during starting. Volvo says that it will increase energy savings by up to 15 percent.
Volvo is also changing the name of the plug-in hybrid models from Twin Engine to Recharge to make them consistent with its only fully electric model, the XC40 Recharge.
The traditionally powered T6 will continue to pump out 316 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The T8 Twin Engine will remain a beefy 400 hp and 472 lb-ft.
Not So Very Different
Changes inside and out are pretty minor. An improved audio system upgrades the amplifier and noise cancellation. The air purifier has a sensor so you can check out air quality on the infotainment screen. New USB charging ports supplant existing 12-volt outlets at the rear. Also available is wireless charging for mobile devices. Exterior modifications include newly-designed lower front facias on all the 90s and updated taillights on the V90 and V90 Cross Country.
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