2016 Volvo S90 leaked in model car form
The Swedish flagship in 1:43 scale.
The 2017 Volvo S90 has been leaked far ahead of its actual reveal, in the form of a die-cast car.
Previously, our best spy shots of the upcoming flagship have seen the large sedan heavily covered in shape-distorting camouflage. The 1:43 scale cars were posted to a Chinese website —each affixed to a plastic base clearly labeled "S90" in the Volvo typeface — and have apparently been confirmed by Swedish website Teknikens Varld as accurate portrayals of the real car.
The models show a nose very similar to those of the 2013 Concept Coupe and 2014 Concept Estate show cars. The cars show a prominent vertical-slat grille flanked by two T-shaped daytime running light elements which the automaker has dubbed "Thor's Hammer."
Slim pillars provide a "four-door coupe" look that is so popular amongst European manufacturers these days. The "C" taillights also take their shape from the Concept Coupe, but appear to have grown larger in size and thickness.
Engine options will include a forced induction four-cylinder and a hybrid option, said to generate the power output of a traditional V6 and V8, respectively.
This is, of course, not the first time a model car has leaked the form of a production vehicle. It happened a year ago with the Land Rover Discovery, a year before that with the Dodge Viper. This tradition dates all the way back to 1968, when Hot Wheels leaked the C3 Corvette before GM's official reveal.