Even though they’ve been around for quite a few years, the Volvo S90 saloon and the V90 estate remain arguably some of the prettiest cars on sale today. For this reason, we’re glad the Swedes have not messed around that much with the design of their midsize models for the facelift debuting today. As a matter of fact, you’ll be excused for not identifying what has changed because the tweaks are on a rather subtle level.

Modifications to the front fascia include new fog lights and a slightly different spoiler, along with a new look for the lower area of the bumper. At the back, the full-LED taillights of the V90 and V90 Cross Country come with sequential turn signals. In addition, Volvo has added fresh paint colours along with a few new alloy wheel designs to round off the changes on the outside.

Gallery: 2021 Volvo S90, V90, V90 Cross Country

Stepping inside, the 2021 S90 and V90 models get a better Bowers and Wilkins sound system with an upgraded amplifier and vehicle noise cancellation. Originally introduced on the Chinese versions of the S90 and V90, the air cleaner system is being added to the global version and can clean the air “of almost all tiny particles” in just a matter of minutes.

Volvo wishes to point out the fancy sound system and the air cleaning tech are now also available for the smaller “60” models. In addition, the two series of models have dual USB-C charging points instead of 12-volt outlets in the rear, along with wireless charging for most models. The XC90’s tailored wool-blend seats have been added to the “90” and “60” cars as well, with the range-topping trim also getting a leather-free upholstery.

After implementing mild-hybrid tech in the XC90 and XC60 SUVs in 2019, Volvo is now adding it to the rest of the “90” and “60” cars. The smaller XC40 crossover is being electrified as well, with all models featuring a mild-hybrid engine promising to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by up to 15 percent.

Speaking of electrification, Volvo has already introduced a zero-emissions XC40 and has promised to come out with an EV version of the next-generation XC90 in 2022.

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Volvo Cars introduces refreshed S90 and V90 models, mild hybrid powertrains across entire line-up

Volvo Cars today reveals refreshed versions of the S90 sedan and the V90/V90 Cross Country estate models, including a refined exterior design and a brand new, state-of-the-art sound system by Bowers and Wilkins.


In a broader portfolio upgrade, the company’s 48 volt mild hybrid powertrain options are now available on every Volvo model, further boosting the company’s electrified offer.


In terms of exterior design, Volvo designers have introduced a number of refinements on both the front and rear of the S90 and V90, including new fog lights, a new spoiler design and a new lower front bumper.


On the V90 and V90 Cross Country, the most striking feature is a brand new rear light design, including full LED-powered signature lighting and a sequential turn indicator. A range of new exterior colours and wheel options further improve options for personalisation.


Inside, a comprehensively upgraded Bowers and Wilkins audio system introduces an even better in-car sound experience, thanks to new features like an upgraded amplifier, automatic vehicle noise cancellation and a new setting that mimics the sound of your favourite jazz club.


Another new feature inside is an Advanced Air Cleaner with a PM 2.5 particle sensor. First developed for the Chinese market and now rolled out globally, it allows drivers to monitor interior air quality via the centre screen. If desired, the Advanced Air Cleaner can clean the cabin air of almost all tiny particles within a few minutes.


Both the new Bowers & Wilkins audio system and the Advanced Air Cleaner technology are now available on all 90 and 60 Series models based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).


All models in the 90 and 60 Series now also come with double USB-C charging points in the rear, replacing the 12 volt outlets. The wireless charging functionality for smartphones, first introduced on the small XC40 SUV, is now also available on most variants in the 90 and 60 Series.


In terms of interior materials, the exclusive tailored wool blend seats first introduced on the XC90 last year are now also available on all 90 and 60 models, while there is also a leather-free interior option for the top trim levels.


Elsewhere in its model range, Volvo Cars is significantly expanding the number of its 48 volt mild hybrid powertrain options, making these engine options available on every single Volvo model.


First introduced on the XC90 and XC60 SUVs last year, the mild hybrids are now also available on all other 90 and 60 Series cars as well as on the XC40. The mild hybrid powertrain options on the V90 Cross Country represent the first electrified variants in the history of the Cross Country range.


Volvo Cars’ mild hybrids offer drivers up to 15 per cent fuel savings and emission reductions in real world driving. The brake-by-wire system interacts with the energy recovery system and reduces fuel consumption and emissions by recovering kinetic energy under braking.


Together with the Recharge car line of plug-in hybrids and fully electric cars, this means there is now an electrified Volvo model for everyone.