A report has surfaced on the web claiming that a new small premium SUV – Volvo XC40, is under development, and will be inspired by the company’s flagship SUV, the XC90.
The entire Volvo range will be based on two platforms, and there will be three series of products: 90, 60, and 40. The latter will include the entry-level SUV, which should be ready within four and a half years, i.e. somewhere around 2019.
As per the report, the currently-sold S80 and V70 will be replaced by the S90 and the V90. The S90 saloon would see a strong demand in China which is an important market for Volvo, especially with local production that would enable competitive pricing. The V90 estate can be expected to be more popular in Europe which is a big market for estates. The V90 estate could be based on the Concept Estate that was first unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The 60 series comprises of XC60 crossover, the S60 premium sedan and the V60 wagon. The currently sold model of the XC60 was introduced 2008, while the currently sold models of the S60 and the V60 were introduced in 2010. New-generation models of the 60 series cars will also be introduced before 2019.
The report says that Volvo’s complete line-up, apart from the just launched XC90 SUV, will be updated in four years’ time. It further adds that the Swedish automaker is not targeting customers looking out for vehicles with V8 engines, clearly signifying the company’s move away from large engines, and that the company has no plans to replace the C30 hatchback.
Source: Autocar UK