Electric only, super clean looking, loving these wheels too. The only thing that seems a bit off is the tail light arrangement. I love the lights up in the glass but the other lamps don’t seem to go with the theme. It is like they couldn’t quite decide between Polestar a taillamp theme and Volvo taillamps.
I mostly agree. Volvo has been one of the few major brands whose work I’ve liked over the last few years, and this is no exception. Overall its design is simpler (in a good way), more cohesive, and more sophisticated than the vast majority of mass market cars. I think my only disappointment is seeing the mundane, expected body proportions and stance…also I abhor directional wheels.
Its a bit pedestrian compared with its Polestar 3 sibling (I’m guessing they are sharing the platform).
Side view suggests Subaru SUV + A3 hatchback, but that nets plenty of glass and a reasonable belt line.
The fender creases are like a sketch that didn’t get fully erased. The rear does seem messy wrt vertical lamps, and its missing the wide flanks of earlier Volvo SUVs.
Headlights are indeed awesome.
Inoffensive, would probably sell well vs Model Y’s if priced right.
I think MBs design direction is fine - moving from early adopter, ‘look at me I drive an EV’, to ‘I drive a car’ styling. It’s a recognition that EVs are moving mainstream and it is how you get more users to move to EVs.
I think Volvo played it a bit safe here. They had a great opportunity to bring their innovation and refinement story to the EV market and stand out.
The concept I posted above would have been a nice exploration of some new packaging vs. the facelift they did.
I would have liked to see them push further into Range Rover territory. Brand-wise they are already close, and pretty much the only brand not actively getting more aggressive and ugly. (looking at you, BMW).
Maybe not quite inevitable, but I still think a new electric V-Series is pretty likely. It’s definitely true that every major brand is focusing on SUVs (or whatever frumpy, slightly-larger-than-a-hatchback-but-not-actually-any-more-useful-than-a-hatchback they’re trying to swindle people into thinking are SUVs these days), particularly in the US market, but Volvo has a ton of brand cache in their history of wagons. I would submit that they’re probably only second to Subaru in terms of brands with enough of a positive track record in wagons to continue on with a viable wagon business in the US.
That said the current V-Series was dwarfed in US sales by the XCs, so I do see a world where, like the other European brands, the wagons live on but never make their way stateside…I don’t want to live in that world
Weak sauce, man.
My buddy’s E63S wagon gets more looks than his Vantage AMR, and sounds better too.
I think the Taycan Cross Turismo looks awesome. These sporty wagons are not especially roomy in the back but I don’t think the owners really care. I’ve been a ‘truck guy’ for 10+ years but would instantly flip to this, if there was a way. A Volvo EV wagon would probably be super sweet too.
These full size Karenmobiles are a menace to north American society. The new EV variants are set to be even more virulent. The very deliberate obesity that is central to this class of vehicle’s design including the Volvo EX90, makes them all the more attractive to the growing market segment that is loud, bossy, chastising and totalitarian. The ergonomics of a 20th century wagon does not serve the needs of this species of road raging and parking lot troll. Hence their rapid extinction schedule by Merc and other brands.
That is why I’m so interested in Canon. They are cramming 7 people in to the footprint of Prius.
That is a design goal that could actually disrupt the momentum in large 7 passenger vehicles.
I have been waiting for years for a Volvo EV wagon. I’m not sure I would buy one now, where 18 months ago I would have bought one as knee jerk reaction.