New Volvo XC90 expected next year
Will offer a 100% electric version
Model name change could be in the works according to report
The news come from Autocar who provided a comprehensive outlook and preview of the next-generation XC90, although the site didn’t mention a source for its report. Still, the news that the mid-size flagship Volvo XC90 will be redesigned soon, and that the redesign will include a fully electric version isn’t exactly difficult to believe.
Volvo, after all, has been diving head-on into the luxury electric vehicle segment, first with its plug-in hybrid T8 and 100% electric XC40 Recharge, and now with the improved XC60 and XC90 Recharge that are still PHEV, but with more range. Not only should we expect an electric XC90, but a new XC60 full EV is also likely in the works.
What is noteworthy about the Autocar report is that the XC90 may be changing names.
« Meanwhile, the XC90 successor, which will be given a name rather than a number in production form”, Autocar says. This is surprising as Volvo has built a lot of brand equity behind the XC90 name which first appeared nearly two decades ago. We’d be very surprised if Volvo went in another direction here.
As specified earlier, the new-generation XC90 will be based off of the Concept Recharge, a recent mid-size three-row prototype that will usher in a new design language for the Swedish brand.
Autocar says the new XC90 will be smaller than the current model and will try to cater to both wagon lovers and SUV enthusiasts. Again, this is surprising (this is why we would have loved a source to the story). SUVs and models like the XC90 may not be a big thing in England, but in North America they are the number one source of income for luxury automakers like Volvo.
We just can’t imagine the automaker shrinking their SUV offering, especially since the current XC40 and XC60 are top-sellers for the brand across the globe.
We will surely learn more in the upcoming months. For now, what seems certain is that a new XC90 is coming and it will be offered as a 100% electric model.