It has been reported that Volvo will build the new XC90 SUV in 2014, as the 2015 model year version, based on the Scalable Platform Architecture(SPA), which is the automaker’s new platform. This platform will also underpin a range of Volvo cars like the XC60, the S60, the S80 and the V70, all of which will be based on the SPA platform.
Coming back to the 2015 Volvo XC90, the current generation is coming up on its 13th anniversary, and has only received some mild modifications since its inception. Several teasers had been released by Volvo for the new SUV that all differed from one another, with highlights of some including sleek lines and a wider grille design, but which will be make production remains unknown.
Inside the cabin, the car should continue to have a 7-seating arrangement, albeit with more luxury on offer. Since Volvo has also been a leader in safety, one thing that is very sure is that the new XC90 should be loaded to brim with safety features.
It will be powered by Volvo’s new VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine technology, scaling down motors to 4-cylinders with turbos, as the automaker is eliminating all of its 6-cylinders. Crafted in a joint effort with Siemens, VEA will be available in both petrol and diesel, and can be combined with hybrid powertrains.
In addition to the next-generation XC90, Volvo is looking at adding in a sub-compact crossover that would sit just beneath the XC30. It has been announced that they are publically seeking partners to help build the model, as there is no platform this size in Volvo’s current line-up. Expect to see a concept at the Paris Auto Show this fall, and if it makes production it won’t hit showrooms until 2015 the earliest. It will also arrive into India, soon after the global launch.
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