2015 VOLVO XC90
Volvo has confirmed it will unveil its all-new XC90 SUV later this year, although details of the event and exact timing remains hush-hush for now.
The carmaker revealed the news as part of an announcement that it would increase manufacturing capacity Torslanda plant from 200,000 to 300,000 cars per year.
Production of the new XC90 will begin early in 2015, and while local timing is still to be confirmed, we can likely expect an Australian launch to occur in the second half of the year.
This week’s news follows reports that Volvo is planning an unveiling for the XC90 at November’s LA Auto Show and, at this stage, that plan appears likely.
The new XC90 was first teased back in January with the unveiling of the XC Coupe, a sleek three-door SUV that formed the second part of a three-car concept series.
In the months before and since, Volvo also revealed the low-slung four-door Concept Coupe and the sleek Concept Estate, all sporting a similar look that we can expect to translate into Volvo’s next-generation styling.
The new XC90 will be one of the largest models to ride on the new Volvo SPA platform, and the carmaker says all of its new offerings will weight around 100 to 150kg less than their existing counterparts.
The company's new four-cylinder Drive-E engines will also feature, and the XC90 will undoudtedly benefit from a hybrid setup for more power in up-spec models.
For now, the nearly ten year-old first-generation XC90 is expected to soldier on for the remainder of 2014, although one last minor update could appear before the year is out.