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Trevor Collett | Jul, 08 2013 | 1 Comment

Volvo’s planned XC40 SUV has reportedly been delayed, as the Swedish carmaker believes the Scaleable Platform Architecture (SPA) destined to underpin it is too large.

Destined to sit between the V40 Cross Country and the XC60 in the current Volvo SUV range, the XC40 would take on the likes of Range Rover's Evoque and the Audi Q3.

The SPA platform was designed to house Volvo’s new generation of four-cylinder engines and while it is “scaleable” as the name suggests, Volvo believes it would still be too large for the XC40.

A Volvo insider reportedly told Britain’s Autocar that an XC40 would “fit the brand and sell in numbers”, but the reported delay could mean the new model doesn’t reach showrooms for up to five years.

The delay could give Volvo time to incorporate more technology into the XC40 however. Even the SPA platform is designed to accommodate both mechanical and hybrid-based four-wheel-drive systems, the latter seeing the rear wheels driven independently by electric motors.

In the meantime, Volvo owner Geely is reportedly considering the launch of a new mid-range brand to sit between the currently affordable Geely and top-shelf Volvo brands. There is the possibility that this brand will only be sold in the Chinese market, however.

Volvo’s XC90 will be the first new model to use the SPA platform, due in Australia late next year.

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