Rear-Wheel Drive and Illuminated Grille Among Volvo EM90 Electric Minivan’s Impressive Features

    Introducing the First-Ever Volvo EM90: A Stylish Minivan

    In a surprising departure from their lineup of SUVs, Volvo has unveiled the EM90, their first-ever minivan. With sliding doors on both sides, this Swedish brand is venturing into a new territory. Leveraging their position under the Geely corporate umbrella, Volvo has based the EM90 on the Zeekr 009, albeit with a more toned-down appearance.

    Sporting 19- or 20-inch wheels with an aero-optimized design, the Volvo EM90 features a redesigned front fascia compared to the Zeekr 009. It showcases a more subtle illuminated grille and new headlights inspired by the EX90 electric SUV. While its profile gives a nod to its minivan origins, the rear has been subtly updated with new taillights that extend onto the pillars, bringing it in line with Volvo’s design language.

    The sleek box-shaped vehicle offers seating for six people on three rows. However, the highlight is the middle row, which boasts a pair of comfortable lounge-like ventilated seats that can slide back and forth. A 15.6-inch screen is also integrated into the headliner, though some may consider it small compared to the 31.3-inch display found in the BMW 7 Series, which folds down from the ceiling.

    The 15.4-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system takes center stage, providing access to most functions, as the conventional controls have been kept minimal. In addition to the center screen, a fully digital instrument cluster is also included, as is typical in modern vehicles. Volvo highlights that the rear seats can be transformed into a “theatre, meeting room, or bedroom” with a simple switch or voice command, allowing adjustments for the windows, seats, screens, lighting, and air conditioning. To enhance the overall experience, the EM90 is equipped with a powerful 21-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, turning the car into a “private concert hall on the move.”

    Under the hood, the EM90 is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor, delivering 268 horsepower (200 kW) and enabling a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 8.3 seconds. Currently, the EM90 is only available in rear-wheel drive, whereas the Zeekr 009 offers a more powerful dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup with an impressive 536 horsepower and a 4.5-second acceleration time.

    Charging the massive 116-kWh battery pack from 10 to 80 percent takes less than 30 minutes. The EM90 boasts a maximum range of 459 miles (738 kilometers), although this figure is based on the China Light-Duty Vehicle Test Cycle (CLTC). Similar to the EX90, this zero-emission minivan supports bidirectional charging, allowing it to power up other vehicles or home appliances.

    In terms of size, the EM90 is truly imposing. It measures 5206 millimeters (205 inches) in length, 2024 mm (79.6 in) in width, and 1859 mm (73.1 in) in height. With a wheelbase of 3205 mm (126 inches), it weighs a hefty 2,763 kilograms (6,091 pounds).

    The Volvo EM90 is currently available for pre-order in China, where it competes with other high-end minivans like the Lexus LM and the Buick GL8. Volvo is also considering introducing the EM90 to additional markets.

    In conclusion, Volvo has taken a bold step with the release of the EM90, their first-ever minivan. With sleek and modern design elements, innovative features, and impressive performance, this minivan is set to make waves in the automotive industry.

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