Volvo’s first luxury “van” is based on the Chinese concern Geely. Specifically, it is a sibling of the Zeekr 009 model, but fortunately with a more elegant and less extravagant design. Volvo gave its MPV a blinded and illuminated “grille”, we are also familiar with the shapes of the lighting technology at both ends of the body. The EM90 reveals its donor mainly from the side view, where the cars are almost identical.
The novelty fits wheels from nineteen to twenty inches and accommodates six passengers in three rows. In the latter, in addition to heated and ventilated seats, passengers can look forward to a 15.6″ screen that folds out from the ceiling, which will keep the crew busy on long journeys. It works similarly to the rear passenger TV in the new BMW 7 Series, although it’s just as big.
The vast majority of functions are controlled through the central infotainment screen, physical buttons are limited to the necessary minimum. The equipment also includes a digital instrument panel and twenty-one speakers of the Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system. By pressing a button or using a voice command, you can change the atmosphere on board to “theatre, meeting room or bedroom”. Depending on the choice, the settings of the seats, windows, screens, as well as the ambient lighting or air conditioning, change.
As you may have guessed, the Volvo EM90 is exclusively electric. It is powered by a single rear electric motor with a power of 268 horsepower, which propels the Scandinavian MPV to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds. While the novelty is (so far) only a rear wheel, the sister Zeekr 009 also offers a more nimble variant with two electric motors (forming all-wheel drive), 536 horsepower and 100 in 4.5 seconds.
A 116kWh battery is mounted in the floor, which, according to the manufacturer, charges from 10 to 80% in 30 minutes. The Volvo EM90 promises a range of up to 738 kilometers, but in a more benevolent Chinese measurement cycle. The flashlight can also be used as an external source of storage, you can easily charge electronic devices from it, or even another electric car in an emergency.
The hot new product will be the first to be offered on the Chinese market, customers there can already pre-order it. It will compete here with other luxury MPVs, such as the Lexus LM or Buick GL8. The question remains whether, following the example of Lexus, this model will also be officially sold on the Czech market. We have to wait some time for the answer.