The second generation Volvo XC90 marked a new chapter in Volvo’s history with the launch of the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and a striking new design language. The progress will continue with the Volvo S90 (S80-replacement) and the Volvo V90 (V70-replacement) arriving next year. The 90 series-twin models would be followed by the second generation Volvo XC60 in 2017.
So what comes after that?
Following the next gen XC60 in 2017, Volvo’s next ambitious project will take shape – the XC40. The Volvo XC40, previewed by a speculative rendering (featured image), is a compact crossover that will target the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA-Class. Reports say that the Volvo XC40 would arrive in 2018.
Unlike the future 60-series and 90-series models, the 40-series models, including the new XC40, are said to be underpinned by a new platform called the Common Modular Architecture (CMA). While the XC90 was the first model to be based on the SPA platform, the XC40 would be the first model to be based on the CMA platform. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, as per a report from auto.tom.com, that Volvo said it had successfully test fired earlier this year.
Volvo CMA platform
The CMA platform is being developed jointly with the Swedish automaker’s parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group at Volvo’s new China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) facility in Goteborg, Sweden.
A Geely-version of the Volvo XC40 would also be offered, like a Skoda version of an Audi, which could slot in above the Geely NL-3. Reports say that the new scalable platform would form the basis for other compact Geely model(s) too. With the CMA platform-based Geely models, the Chinese automaker aims to bring its brand to Europe and the United States.
[News Source: auto.tom.com]
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