Volvo’s jacked-up V40 Cross Country hatch (above) will soon have a ‘proper’ SUV companion, or even an all-out replacement.
According to Autocar magazine in the UK, Volvo chairman Hakan Samuelsson has confirmed plans for a new compact SUV that will likely debut as the long-rumoured XC40.
Speaking with the magazine, Samuelsson said that a small SUV is ranked “very high” in the company’s priorities.
“There is a clear trend towards downsizing and we will provide customers with an SUV that is small in stature but remains premium in nature,” he told Autocar.
Samuelsson did not offer any word on timing for the new model, although he did provide one key clue: “In four years’ time, the new XC90 will be the oldest car we make”.
That’s to be expected, of course, with the V40 entering its third year in 2015 and the S60/V60 models nearing their fifth birthday.
The XC60, already around six years old, is likely to be the first of Volvo’s current models to get an all-new replacement due to its role as a key volume-selling model.
And, if the new XC90 is to be Volvo’s oldest model by 2018/2019, it’s very likely that current Volvo veterans like the S80 sedan and the V70/XC70 wagons will have been replaced (or even retired) by then.
By 2020, we can likely expect Volvo’s line-up to follow a simpler formula: ‘40’ for small models, ‘60’ for midsizers, and ‘90’ for the big luxury offerings.
Expect the S80 to be replaced by an S-Class rivalling S90 sedan before 2020, and if a new large wagon is coming, ‘V70’ would likely be dropped for ‘V90’ (last seen on the renamed 900 Series wagons).
All will of course be powered by Volvo’s new four-cylinder ‘Drive-E’ engine range, with plug-in hybrid technology used both to improve efficiency and, in top models like the new XC90 T8, to boost power.