Volvo revealed the EM90's exterior days before its global debut on November 12, and what makes this model worth the effort is the fact that it is the first-ever electric minivan to roll out of the company's manufacturing plant in Zhejiang, China. Positioned as a rival to the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, the Lexus LM, and the Buick GL8, the 2024 Volvo EM90 is based on Geely's SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) electric vehicle platform that also underpins the Zeekr 009. Although it shares its boxy silhouette, body panels, and proportions with the Zeekr, Volvo's electric luxury MPV (EM90) receives certain design elements that are typical of the brand, such as 'Thor's hammer' LED headlamps, a closed-off grille with illuminated 'Volvo' logo, T-shaped LED daytime running lights, as well as bumper intakes that look somewhat similar to the ones on the EX90 SUV.
In profile, the Volvo EM90 sports blacked-out pillars, powered sliding doors, as well as alloy wheels measuring 19 inches or 20 inches, depending on the trim level. Meanwhile, the rear end gets an upright tailgate and comes fitted with T-shaped tail lights with Volvo lettering.
Volvo EM90: Dimensions
According to a series of homologation documents published online by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Volvo EM90 measures 5,206mm in length, 2,024mm in width, and 1,859mm in height. For the sake of comparison, the Zeekr 009 is 5,209mm long, 2,024mm wide, and 1,867mm tall. The company's first-ever fully electric premium MPV tips the scales at 2,763 kilograms (kerb) and offers a wheelbase of 3,205mm.
Volvo EM90: Interior
Inside, the Volvo EM90 gets a minimalist dashboard, comprising a 15.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system with access to most controls, a full digital driver's display, and a full-width AC vent. There is a crystal-like gear selector, 21-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, wireless charging pad, electronic parking brake, etc. In the second row, you find lounge-like ventillated seats, built-in tables, cup holders, and a roof-mounted 15.6-inch screen that supports video conferencing and smartphone projection.
Other bits include a panoramic sunroof, road noise cancellation technology, dual-chamber air suspension, and ADAS. The EM90 comes in a three-row six-seater configuration, while its sibling, the Zeekr 009, is offered in a two-row configuration.
Volvo EM90: Powertrain
Underneath the skin, the 2024 Volvo EM90 features a rear-mounted electric motor that belts out 268bhp – sufficient for a 0 to 100km/h time of 8.3 seconds. A 116kWh battery pack yields a claimed range of 738 kilometres (CLTC) and can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in under 30 minutes using a fast charger. Also available with the luxury MPV are V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) and V2L (vehicle-to-load) technology.
Dubbed a 'Scandinavian living room on the move', the Volvo EM90 will initially go on sale in the Chinese market, where interested buyers can now begin placing orders for the MPV. While there is no official communication with regard to its entry into our market, Volvo is expected to offer the EM90 given the LM's popularity in India.