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Elusive Volvo S90 preps for debut this year

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Even for our eagle-eyed spy shooters, the Volvo's forthcoming S90 flagship sedan has been a rare sight, but thankfully a person had their camera ready when this heavily camouflaged example drove by. There might only be three of them, but these photos are our best look yet at the upcoming model.

The obfuscation obviously makes picking out the S90's styling traits incredibly difficult, but there are a few things to notice. Up front you can spot the stacked headlights that are bisected by LED running lights, similar to the latest XC90. Also like the brand's newest crossover, there's quite a broad grille visible behind the plastic. While the rest is very hard to discern, rumors suggest the design to take some cues from the gorgeous Concept Estate.

The S90 is part of Volvo's updated model nomenclature and the sedan replaces the aging S80. The new vehicle will also share the Scalable Product Architecture modular platform with the XC90. The many common components should allow the S90 to make use of the crossover's powertrain range, as well, possibly including the eight-speed automatic gearbox and an available twin-charged hybrid four-cylinder engine. Inside, expect Volvo to keep things simple with as few buttons as possible.

The S90 should debut sometime this year, and production is slated for a newly expanded plant in Daqing, China. From there, the model would be exported all over the world, like the S60L. After the sedan hits the market, a V90 wagon on the same platform is reportedly on the way, too.

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