Up­grades, facelifts & new de­riv­a­tives

Priced from R718 300

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WITH its last three new ve­hi­cles, Volvo has been rid­ing a wave of style, with the XC90 SUV, V90 and S90 gar­ner­ing praise for their im­pres­sive de­sign aes­thetic. The R-de­sign de­riv­a­tives al­ways up the ante with fur­ther styling up­grades and now Volvo Cars SA has added four R-de­sign mod­els to the S90 range. Po­si­tioned be­tween the base Mo­men­tum and range-top­ping In­scrip­tion trim lev­els, the R-de­sign vari­ants ex­pand the lo­cal S90 line-up to 12 mod­els.

Opt for the sporti­est-look­ing S90 and your car will be fit­ted with deeper front bumpers fea­tur­ing more ag­gres­sive air dams and glossy, model-spe­cific grilles. Satin-chrome trim adorns the glasshouse, while the side-mir­ror caps are fin­ished in matte sil­ver. Round back, you’ll find rhom­boid-shaped tailpipes pok­ing out of a sportier bumper with a colour-coded dif­fuser plate. Nine­teen-inch al­loy wheels are stan­dard, and 20- and 21-inch up­grades are on of­fer. Other op­tional ac­ces­sories in­clude new side sills, a front split­ter, a boot spoiler and split-in­te­grated tailpipes.

In­side, R-de­sign mod­els boast char­coal sports seats fin­ished in fine Nappa leather with Nubuck in­ners, along with a sports steer­ing wheel with per­fo­rated in­serts and an R-de­sign badge. Alu­minium sports ped­als and gearshift pad­dles are stan­dard fare, too, as are model-spe­cific floor mats and il­lu­mi­nated R-de­sign step sills.

Un­der the skin, Volvo prom­ises a tauter sus­pen­sion setup, which has been op­ti­mised for en­hanced dy­nam­ics, as op­posed to the com­fort-ori­ented chas­sis ex­pe­ri­enced in other S90 mod­els. In­ter­est­ingly, air sus­pen­sion is not avail­able on R-de­sign mod­els.

The R-de­sign trim can be spec­i­fied in con­junc­tion with any of the four en­gines al­ready in the S90 range: the 140 kw/400 N.m D4 diesel; 173 kw/480 N.m all-wheel-drive D5 diesel; 187 kw/350 N.m T5 petrol; and 235 kw/400 N.m all-wheel-drive T6 twin-charged petrol. No date has been set for lo­cal in­tro­duc­tion of the T8 petrol-elec­tric-hy­brid vari­ant.

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