After years of stagnation brought on by constant ownership questions and quarrels, Volvo finally appears to have some wind in its sails in North America. For starters, there’s the XC90, which has just come off being announced the North American truck of the year, announced just today at the 2016 North American International Auto Show. Volvo made use of the very same stage to introduce the S90, a luxury sedan jam-packed with unique characteristics and features.
Hybrid power forms the heart of Volvo’s full-size luxury sedan, and the T8 Twin Engine (read: “hybrid”) makes 410 horsepower. The car’s attitude adapts to what the driver is doing, with the latter being able to choose from three drive modes: Pure (EV), Hybrid and Power.
The biggest innovation comes in the form of something Volvo calls “Intellisafe Assist”. According to the Swedish manufacturer, the system is composed of numerous systems such as adaptive cruise control and proximity alert. It also includes “Pilot Assist,” which automatically keeps you in your lane all the way up to 130 km/h.
Lastly, the aptly-named “Large Animal Detection” warns the driver when there are beasts like moose and elk crossing the road ahead, in daylight or at night. If worse comes to worse, the system will automatically apply the brakes. If you’ve ever seen what a full-grown male moose can do to a car, you’ll understand why this is an important system to have.