Centrepiece of the Volvo stand at the Geneva show is the V90 estate, which when it goes on sale at the end of 2016 will give the Swedish brand a flagship triumvirate at the top if its range.

The V90 will be displayed in showrooms alongside its saloon sister the S90, which goes on sale in the summer, and the already available and very well received latest XC90 SUV.

With the three Volvo believes it can seriously take on the big hitters in the premium D segment, such as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Built on the same SPA (Scaleable Product Architecture) platform as the S90 and XC90, the V90 will be offered with a similar powertrain line-up, including 187bhp D4 and 232bhp D5 diesel engines and the 404bhp T8 Twin Engine petrol plug-in hybrid.

Some markets will also be able to specify the 251bhp T5 and 316bhp T6 petrol engines but these are not expected to be available to the UK’s more diesel-friendly customer base.

Boot space in the estate measures up at 1526 litres, the cargo area including underfloor compartments.

Volvo is a major exponent of autonomous drive technology and the V90 will be able to be specified with the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous system. Volvo adds that it will boast the most advanced standard safety package on the market, including Large Animal Detection and Run-off Road Mitigation, and connectivity that incorporates smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay.

Prices are yet to be announced but are likely to start at least £33,000.

Also making its European debut in Geneva is the XC90 Excellence, described as the most luxurious car in the brand’s history. It is a four-seat only variant with separate rear seats that can be individually adjusted and include a massage function.

The specification includes leather throughout and even hand-crafted crystal glasses from premium Swedish brand Orrefors.

On video – inside the Volvo XC90 Excellence;

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.