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<IMG SRC="http://www.kalach.easynet.be/new_v90.jpg"> <BR>Picture from Autobild<P>Text Below from Auto Express <P>Volvo's Fastest Ever Estate<P>In the current issue of Auto Express magazine, we reveal images of Volvo's V90. Set to make its debut as a concept at the Detroit Motor Show in January, the new V90 will go on sale in the UK in 2005. But insiders are promising the newcomer will be worth the wait, with practicality to shame a big MPV, classy styling, V8 power and even a 4x4 off-road version.<P>The new car will only be available as a load-lugger and will become the flagship of the Swedish firm's range - sitting above the S80 saloon and aimed at the BMW 7-Series, Mercedes S-Class and Audi's all-new A8. The Volvo will offer all the performance and luxury of these German rivals but will also have a crucial advantage - more space than most vans! Currently, the company's biggest estate, the V70, has the largest carrying capacity in its class, but the V90 will increase the luggage space by more than 10 per cent to a massive 1,900 litres with the seats folded. There will be plenty of features to make load carrying easier, too, including a sliding shelf to double the load deck and an electrically operated tailgate, making it easy to open the hatch if you have your arms full.<P>While this will prove popular with Volvo's stereotypical antique-dealer owners, the estate also has the family driver in mind, too. Seven seats will be standard on all UK versions and, unlike the last V90, the rear row of seats will be forward facing for safety reasons. If you only need to carry four, the rearmost seats can be folded away and the centre of the middle row folded to create two limo-like luxury 'armchairs' for passengers in the back.<P>Despite its practicality, Volvo's stylists have been careful to avoid boxy look of the car's predecessor, which was axed in 1998. The classy lines give a broad-shouldered look, and the sloped tailgate results in a sleeker rear, without sacrificing too much load capacity. The front sees the greatest change, though, with clear cues taken from much-loved models of the Fifties and Sixties. The 'VOLVO' badge lettering stretches across the entire width of the raised bonnet line, in a similar way to the old PV455 and 121 'Amazon', while round headlamps have been incorporated behind clear covers.<P>However, it'll take more than this to impress BMW and Mercedes buyers - the V90 will need performance and power too. Entry-level models will be propelled by a new 225bhp 3.0-litre V6 or a 3.2-litre turbodiesel, which has been developed in conjunction with Peugeot. These engines will also be used in the other Volvo models including the S60, and will eventually find their way into Jaguar models, too. The range-topper will have the biggest powerplant ever fitted to a Volvo. The 4.0-litre V8 is being developed with the help of Yamaha, and despite its 300bhp output, it promises to be the most fuel efficient in the class.<P>The six-cylinder versions will be available with front-wheel drive, and this platform will also be used with the next-generation of the Jaguar S-Type. However, the V8-powered V90 will only be mated to a 4x4 transmission and an adjustable air suspension system which promises the level of safety and refinement buyers expect. There will also be a Cross Country version of the car with raised ride height and chunky styling to take on the likes of BMW's X5 and Merc-edes' planned GST 4x4. And you thought Volvo estates were boring! Tom Barnard <P> <BR>
 

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HAHAHAHAH! Thats awesome! Go VOLVO! I wish there was someway to get one here. Anything about US market? I like that design a lot. When will it make it to the other series? This is the greatest step forward I've seen Volvo take in my 16yrs. BMW and MB and Audi now have a more "serious" competition to me. I'd take that new design over anything they have and I think thats how the rest of the market will feel.
 

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Damn, that is a nice looking wagon. I wouldn't change anything about it! Although, I am not sure about the Volvo lettering on the front. It does look kind of retro-cool though. <IMG SRC="http://www.swedespeed.com/ubb/smile.gif"><P>I hate to say it, but the revised S-Class, new 7-Series, and new A8-Range are nothing special at all in terms of exterior design IMHO. They have a chance to up-the-ante.<P>I have also heard that Volvo is developing their own system to go after COMAND, i-Drive, and MMI. The Volvo system is supposed to have a 5x8 inch screen.<P>-Drew
 

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I don't like the front view at all because of that "grille" (???) below the bumper, and the way the lines of the hood go all the way to the bottom (looks a bit like an old Beetle), but the rear shot is nice.<P>A 30 second edit, and I think it looks a lot better.<P> <IMG SRC="http://a8.cpimg.com/image/88/35/11516808-a3b5-01F00123-.jpg"> <P>
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>2 Sources sounds like it could be more true than rumor, but that photo is defnitely photoshopped and I think it's based on an Audi image.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Exactly, George. The position of the front wheels betray it all. But I also have heard that the project where they are studying the possibility of a large wagon may come to fruition.<P>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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Yeah, it's based on the S6 photo, you can see the metallic mirrors, here's a pic of the S6, you'll see.<BR> <IMG SRC="http://www.audiworld.com/model/s6/gallery/pressphotos/s6990008.jpg">
 

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These kinds of shenanigans really disappoint me. I thought that Volvo was above this kind of foolery. Perhaps it is the Ford influence. If so that does not make me feel good about things to come in both the near and distant future. But come on! Stooping to the level of an Audi? An Audi in my very humble opinion has always been a gussied up VW aimed at the nouveau riche crowd. Volvos have always been very stately, and elegant. Perhaps this came from their unique shape. They may have been been boxy for quite a number of years but that is only because they have been catering to a crowd that has always been on a higher level of thinking. The boxy design was the response of the best available safety design at the time. The higher level of thinking has always been the Volvo driver's desire to arrive at their destination alive, in a quality vechicle that provides superior characteristics in all aspects especially in handling and driving pleasure. Volvo must remain true to itself.<P>-Poritz<P>Wow! That felt good getting that out! Just my two cents.
 

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Well first, modifying pics is extremely common for socalled auto news agencies. It's the modern day version of a drawing by an artist, but it's much more deceptive.<P>As for Audi, you won't get any sympathy here. I'm a big Audiphile, and while in the 1970's that argument that they are a gussied up VW might have held water, today that is far from the case. Have you driven or sat in one. Audi's interior's are generally accepted as some of the best in the business, quattro is something that many manufacturers have followed suit on (including BMW, Mercedes and yes Volvo) etc. etc. <P>I'm also a huge Volvo fan, but I think you're quite wrong on Audi.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by [email protected]:<BR><B>Well first, modifying pics is extremely common for socalled auto news agencies. It's the modern day version of a drawing by an artist, but it's much more deceptive.<P>As for Audi, you won't get any sympathy here. I'm a big Audiphile, and while in the 1970's that argument that they are a gussied up VW might have held water, today that is far from the case. Have you driven or sat in one. Audi's interior's are generally accepted as some of the best in the business, quattro is something that many manufacturers have followed suit on (including BMW, Mercedes and yes Volvo) etc. etc. <P>I'm also a huge Volvo fan, but I think you're quite wrong on Audi.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>Although VWs, today, look more and more like Audis, I wold agree that Audis have something extra but that is changing, George. As VWs are becoming more and more "high-end" the gap is closing. Heck, even a SKODA (Skoda???) Octavia looks like a VW or Audi...! <P>As far as AWD systems, yes, Quattro is one heck of a system but not the best. BMW's system is OK, Merc's 4MATIC stinks (I can;t think of a more idiotic AWD setup) and the Haldex system is among the best. The old viscous coupling system is not bad, it is OK.<P>Audi interiors are the best in the world, in my book.<P><BR>Yannis<BR><P>
 

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I don't know. Haldex vs. Torsen is a tough argument. Torsen is mechanical in nature and not programmable, but it's bulletproof.<P>More importantly, it's a packaging issue. For longitudinal setup, it's probably the best thing out there.<P>Haldex is programmable though, so it's probably one of the most versatile systems on the market today.<P>Again, I could be biased, but I think VW is on its game. Yes, the Phaeton nad the Passat W8 are moving towards Audi territory and the Skoda even is moving upmarket, but having spent seat time in the Octavia, SEAT Leon, Jetta, Golf and Audi TT, I can tell you they've done a VERY good job at differentiating the cars, from seat supportiveness and bolsters, to plastics quality, to suspension setups and more.
 
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