Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Now Even More Attractive

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Now Even More Attractive

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Byline: Steve Hughes

VOLVO is hoping new petrol versions of its executive S90 saloon and V90 estate models will boost sales even beyond their current record-breaking high.

The last two years have been the best in the company's history, and the expensive vehicles it sells are all hugely profitable, unlike many mainstream manufacturers who virtually give theirs away for no profit at all.

Whilst the favourite Volvo models are the SUV ranges, including the XC60, XC90 and the new XC40, the executive saloon and estate models are increasingly capturing fleet sales among managerial and business users.

Now the S90 and V90 models become even more attractive with the arrival of a two-litre petrol alternative to the diesels.

Powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine and mated to an automatic gearbox as standard, there is 190bhp of power and impressive fuel economy of about 40mpg.

The T4 versions are available from entry-level Momentum to luxurious Inscription Pro form, and share the high level of standard features as their existing diesel and petrol-electric hybrid siblings.

This includes Volvo's innovative nine-inch touch screen control system, satellite navigation with real time traffic information, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, Pilot Assist semi-autonomous drive technology, LED headlights, dualzone climate control and leatherfaced upholstery. Depending on the trim level, T4 versions are offered with wheels ranging from 18 to 21 inches in diameter.

The T4 engine joins the S90 and V90 ranges alongside the T6 in the V90 Cross Country, which was the first V90 variant to be offered as a pure petrol.

All versions were initially offered with a choice of two 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engines only, comprising the tax-friendly D4 and the powerful D5 PowerPulse, in two trim levels of Momentum and Inscription. …

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