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By Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist

All-new, all-electric EM90 revealed as Volvo’s first MPV

For now, plans to sell the EM90 outside China won't happen within the next 12 months.

Announced back in August as becoming a reality three months later, Volvo officially unveiled its first ever MPV, the EM90, at a special showing in China this past Sunday (12 November).

The Zeekr effect

The Swedish brand’s biggest non-commercial vehicle ever made, an accolade held until now by the EX90 and before that, the XC90, the EM90 is based on sister brand Zeekr’s 009 that went on-sale in the People’s Republic earlier this year.

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Officially also the most expensive Volvo to go into production, the EM90, which will rival not only the 009, but also segment heavyweights such as the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, Denza D9, Lexus LM and LDV Maxus G90 and class dominating Buick GL8, derives motivation from an electric powertrain only offered by the Denza and by extension, its sibling.

Volvo identity

In a departure from the Zeekr though, the EM90 receives a unique sealed grille plus a restyled take on the trademark Thor’s Hammer LED headlights, a new front bumper and side air vents, and a choice of Volvo specific 19 or 20-inch aero alloy wheels.

Volvo EM90 officially revealed
Rear has styled to resemble that of the current XC60. Image: Volvo

At the rear, the changes have been less dramatic and comprise H-shaped vertical light clusters compared to the 009’s horizonal items, and the Volvo name spelt-out on the central logo bar.

Providing seating for six as standard, the EM90 becomes the first current Volvo not to ride on the Scalable Production Architecture (SPA2), but rather Zeekr’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) used by all of its current products.

Volvo EM90 officially revealed
EM90 has six seats as standard with no option of fewer or more chairs. Image: Volvo

While no details surrounding the EM90’s dimensions were disclosed, expectations are it won’t differ from the 009’s, whose overall length stretches 5 209 mm and wheelbase 3 205 mm. The claimed width is 2 024 mm and height 1 867 mm with a dual-chamber air suspension being standard.

Luxury overload

Bar the Volvo badge on the steering wheel, the EM90’s interior is largely carried over from the 009, with the only other exception being the speaker on the dashboard that discloses the identity of the 21-speaker, 2 460-watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

Volvo officially reveals all-electric EM90 luxury MPV
The standard infotainment system is a 15.4-inch display with 5G. Image: Volvo

Providing seating in a 2+2+2 configuration, rear passengers not only have access to a 15.6-inch retractable display, but also heating and ventilation, the ability of having chairs swivelled in order to create what Volvo calls a meeting roof setup, and a standard panoramic glass roof.

Volvo officially reveals all-electric EM90 luxury MPV
Each chair in the second row recieves an aeroplane-style folding table. Image: Volvo

Beside the captain’s chair-style, the third rows receive their own flip-out table, separate electronic adjustment panel and ability to recline in an ottoman fashion.

Volvo officially reveals all-electric EM90 luxury MPV
A 15.6-inch display folds down from the roof to create what Volvo calls a “theater” setup for the second and third rows. Image: Volvo

At the front, Volvo only confirmed the inclusion of an eight-inch freestanding digital instrument cluster as well as a 15.4-inch infotainment system with 5G, over-the-air updates and Apple CarPlay, while safety comes courtesy of a series of ultra-sonic radars, cameras and sensors little was revealed of.

Just under 1 000 km on a charge

On the power front, and most likely done deliberately so as not to impact on Zeekr’s sales, the RM90 derives motivation from a smaller 116-kWh battery pack driving a 200 kW electric motor mounted on the rear axle.

Volvo officially reveals all-electric EM90 luxury MPV
Second row can recline in an ottoman fashion. Image: Volvo

Although Volvo declined to provide power and torque figures, both not expected to come close to the 400kW/686Nm made by the all-wheel-drive 009, the rear-wheel-drive RM90 will still get from 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds, despite weighing 2 763 kg, and travel 738 km on a single charge.

For China only

Now available for ordering in China with deliveries expected before year-end, the EM90 carries a sticker price of 818 000 yuan (R2 133 211), the most of any Volvo as mentioned, but won’t be exported outside of China until at least the next 12 months.

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