Spy images of the much-anticipated Volvo S90 luxury sedan – and even a scale model of that car – may have surfaced in recent weeks, but the Swedish company is likely to soldier on with the current flagship Volvo S80 model until early next year.

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The Volvo S80 is still available in dealerships, and going off some recent model-year updates, it is now priced at $84,900 plus on-road costs.

That model is sold solely in T6 specification, with a six-cylinder petrol turbocharged engine (producing 224kW/440Nm) teamed to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

As Volvo has stated, all of its models will now be sold with four-cylinder engines, and if the new S90 follows the same path as the XC90 large SUV, buyers can expect a 2.0-litre turbo diesel, a 2.0-litre turbocharged and supercharged petrol, and a plug-in hybrid petrol model.

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The aim with the successor to the S80, the S90, will be clear: more sales.

According to European industry journal Automotive News, the S80 managed just 12,500 sales in 2014, where its rival, the BMW 5 Series, accounted for more than 370,000.

In Australia in 2014, Volvo sold just 15 examples of the S80, but in 2015 so far there have been 21 vehicles sold.

A Volvo Australia source has told CarAdvice that there will be no more S80 models ordered locally, unless a customer requests a specific order.