Report: Volvo S90, V90 to Receive Polestar Variants with Hybrid Power
The Swedes look to bring more performance to more cars.
Now that Volvo has acquired tuning company Polestar and launched the glamorous S90 luxury sedan and V90 wagon, the Swedish automaker wants to combine those interests in future vehicles. Speaking to Auto Express at the Geneva auto show, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson said that the S90 and V90 will soon offer performance-focused Polestar models that rely on hybrid technology.
Volvo has publicly committed to using only four-cylinder engines in its future vehicles, so extracting the extra power necessary for a Polestar-badged variant would likely require adding hybrid drive.
"Now we are going to take the brand -- not just into gasoline high performance -- but into electrified power and performance," Samulsson told Auto Express in Geneva. "We'd like to see Polestar variants of our new cars… S90 and V90 are probably good candidates."
Because Volvo now owns Polestar, the two companies can reportedly share more resources as they develop performance-tuned models together. The partnership will also allow the companies to sell more Polestar models per year; Volvo said in July 2015 that it hoped to double annual Polestar vehicle sales from about 750 to 1,000-1,500 worldwide.
Though hybridization would be key to improving horsepower and torque, Volvo and Polestar won't neglect other parts when turning new cars into high-performance models. That means a comprehensive front-to-back upgrade, including visual and handling tweaks.
"There could very well be an S90 Polestar", Samuelsson told Auto Express. "It would look different. It would have changes to the chassis, suspension, and powertrain."
In November 2015, we heard that Volvo's turbo- and supercharged 2.0-liter Drive-E engine would serve as the basis for a hybrid Polestar version of the XC90 crossover. Back then, Polestar chief operating officer Niels Möller told Autocar that, "there will be performance hybrids, which use electrification to enhance performance, rather than worrying about range."
Stay tuned to see just how much performance Volvo can eke out of its new S90, V90, and XC90 models when Polestar engineers get their hands dirty.