Unveiling the 2024 Volvo EM90 Minivan: A Glimpse Into Volvo's Future Design
Revolutionizing the Minivan Segment: The 2024 Volvo EM90's Design, Specs, and Electric Innovation
Bold Step Ahead: Volvo's First Minivan Debut
The automotive world eagerly anticipates November 12—the official date set for the premiere of the 2024 Volvo EM90 Minivan. But thanks to the regulations set by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), enthusiasts get an early peek at this latest offering from Volvo.
MIIT's Role in Vehicle Launches
For a car to be available in the Chinese market, it requires MIIT's approval. Interestingly, this process often results in future vehicle images being showcased on the MIIT website before the actual market introduction. The EM90, representing Volvo's maiden venture into minivan territory, has enjoyed such an early reveal.
Design Insights: What Sets the EM90 Apart?
Upon initial observation, design aficionados might draw parallels between the EM90 and the Zeekr 009. It's not just about the pillars that hint at their similarities, but the positioning of side mirrors, door handles, and even fender-mounted cameras also tell a similar story.
Yet, the EM90 isn't just a carbon copy. It showcases a refreshingly new front fascia. The headlights have been revamped to resonate with the classic Volvo design. And instead of Zeekr 009's flashy grille, the EM90 opts for a more muted, body-colored panel adorned with illuminating cutouts.
At the rear, while the vehicle's silhouette gives away its roots, alterations have been made to better align with Volvo's brand image. The EM90's design might be a tad subtler than the Zeekr 009, but it brings in a unique charm that's set to redefine minivan aesthetics.
Specs Sneak Peek: The Numbers Behind the EM90
The MIIT website shares some intriguing specifications about this upcoming sensation. The 2024 Volvo EM90 boasts impressive dimensions: a length of 5206 mm (205 inches), a width of 2024 mm (79.6 inches), and a height of 1859 mm (73.1 inches). Potential buyers can choose between 19-inch and 20-inch wheels, catering to a six-seat family minivan that weighs a robust 2,763 kilograms (6,091 pounds).
Delving deeper, the EM90 shares its wheelbase with the Zeekr 009—measuring 3205 mm (126 inches). While Zeekr offers a luxurious 2+2 seating configuration, it remains to be seen whether Volvo will introduce a similar version. Given the competition, like the Buick GL8 and Lexus LM offering limited rear seats, it's a possibility worth watching.
The Power Beneath: EM90's Electric Prowess
Unlike some of its combustion-driven competitors, the EM90 boasts a rear-mounted electric motor. With a formidable power output of 200 kilowatts (equivalent to 268 horsepower), it promises stellar performance. For perspective, the Zeekr 009 features a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive variant producing a whopping 536 hp—enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
On the battery front, while the EM90 specifics remain under wraps, the Zeekr 009 utilizes a CATL-produced lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt pack. This 140-kWh battery offers a promising range of 511 miles (822 kilometers), with a smaller 116-kWh variant providing 436 miles (702 km) of drive.
Anticipating the Official Launch The global automotive community has its eyes set on November 12—the day the EM90 makes its official debut. With preorders beginning in China, this minivan, described as the "Scandinavian living room on the move," promises a blend of luxury, performance, and sustainability. As Volvo forays into the minivan segment, the EM90 might just be the game-changer the industry has been waiting for.
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