S60: Volvo’s purge of all non-four-tube engines from its lineup is complete with the dismissal of the 2.5-liter five-roll from the S60 T5 AWD, as well as other Volvo models. The whole S60 line, and indeed all of Volvo, is now reliant on on a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that starts at 240 horsepower in the base S60 and, with a supercharger joining its turbocharger for breathing duty, rises as high as 362 horsepower in the Polestar go-fast models. The tweener is the T6 R-Design at 302 horses.
S90: After Ford sold Volvo to Chinese automaker Geely in 2010, the Swedish company’s first order of business was to fashion a new-creation team that would update its aging fleet of cars and catch up to the other luxury brands, which were surging. Geely had plenty of money to invest in Volvo, but even so, the automaker had to plan this new collection around flexible engines and platforms that could be widely used in a brand with hardly half a million global sales in 2015. We saw the first vehicle to arise from this process last year, the new XC90 three-row SUV. This S90 luxury sedan is the second new creation of the Geely era
V90 (shown above): It’s easier to find an honest representative than a big wagon these days, but Volvo’s own Colony Park, the new V90, defies the market. Based on Volvo’s range-topping S90 sedan, this mother of all family explorers comes as a 250-hp T5 or 316-hp T6, each using a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the latter with an additional supercharger. A nine-inch touchscreen is at the center of a Swedish- clean cabin swaddled in wood and leather, and all-wheel drive is an option on the T6. Expect a higher-riding V90 Cross Country to reach next year as well. Your Connecticut country estate awaits.
XC90: Presented for 2016, the handsome XC90 is available for 2017 in T8 Twin-Engine Plug-In Hybrid guise. It adds an 87-hp electric motor at the rear axle to join the 316-hp 2.0-liter turbo- and boosted four, as well as a 46-hp electric motor between the engine and broadcast. Total combined output: 400 horses and 472 pound-feet of torque, plus up to 13 miles of EV-only driving. The 5159-pound T8 hits 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Our fuel economy was an uninspiring 19 MPGe when factoring in electric driving. Upcharge for the T8: $18,300. Want to devote more? There will be a Polestar version of the hybrid with 421 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque.