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2016 Volvo S90 design exposed, thanks to die-cast model

Published: September 30, 2015
The final design for the exterior of the 2016 Volvo S90 has been leaked online, thanks to undercover shots of its scale die-cast model.

When Volvo had 2,000 die-cast models of the car’s new design made by a toy manufacturer, 20 were stolen by an employee of that manufacturer, who then posted pictures of the scale model online. Apparently, that person did not know the model was embargoed. Volvo says it has bought back all but two of the stolen models.

Despite this unplanned presentation, Alain Visser, Volvo senior vice president of marketing, sales and customer service, is quite happy about the incident. He says he wishes that he was the one who had leaked the model. He also states that to compete with German rivals, Volvo will be focusing more on design, technology and service.

Along with a new, chrome-accented bumper design, the S90 gets a long grille flanked by the LED headlamps with Thor hammer DRLs. Based on the new Scalable Product Architecture, the Volvo S90 will draw power from a 2.0-liter Drive-E four-cylinder engine ranging from 190 to 400 hp. This engine will power an eight-speed automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive optional on higher variants.

This design will replace the aging S80 sedan as the company’s sedan flagship, and also give rise to a V90 estate.

The S90 is slated to make its world debut at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show in January.