The Volvo XC40 Recharge EV crossover is now on sale.
A C40 coupe-like crossover could appear in 2021.
Volvo heading towards an EV-only portfolio by 2030.
The automotive industry is slowly, but surely shifting to EVs and autonomous vehicles, while stuffing their products with high-tech electronic safety features to reduce injuries and casualties. However, Volvo has been working on that for quite a while now.
The Swedish brand has been offering a four-cylinder-only powertrain lineup for a few years, in addition to introducing plug-in hybrid technology to the most powerful variants. It recently launched a fully electric crossover, and it goes out of its way to make sure their vehicles are the safest on the road, even if that means dropping them from a crane to evaluate their crash-worthiness. Volvo has announced its intention to selling an EV-only portfolio by 2030, but for now, here’s what we can expect from the Swedes in 2021.
The Volvo XC40, the brand’s smallest crossover at the moment, is now offered as an EV. Production of the XC40 Recharge has already begun, and it starts at around $54K in the United States, $65K in Canada. Meanwhile, the rest of the XC40 lineup gets little changes for 2021, which two variants of the turbocharged 2.0L four that respectively develop 187 and 248 horsepower. A front-wheel drivetrain is standard in the U.S., while AWD is available. Canada gets AWD as standard.
Volvo has been promising more 40 Series models for some time now, and one may appear during the 2021 calendar year. As a matter of fact, the brand announced the new Volvo C40, a coupe-like variant of the XC40 that should be fully electric and wear an EV-style grille, a sloping roofline and different taillights. The C40 could even hit dealerships before the end of 2021.
In addition, an even smaller EV crossover could see the light of day as the Volvo XC20, based on a new platform developed by Volvo’s parent company Geely. This potential new model has yet to confirmed by the Swedish brand.
The compact-size Volvo XC60 is also getting minor changes this year. After its launch, the crossover was named the 2018 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year, and won the 2018 World Car of the Year Award as well. It’s available with several powertrain choices, including the 250-hp T5, the 316-hp T6, the 400-hp T8 PHEV and the Polestar Engineered 415-hp T8. There are rumours stating that a fully electric XC60 might appear in 2021. By the way, all plug-in hybrid Volvos will now use the Recharge moniker.
The second-generation Volvo XC90 hit the North American market for the 2016 model year, and an all-new model should soon be revealed. For now, the current-gen crossover gets minor enhancements after receiving a mid-cycle refresh in 2019. The three-row XC90 offers room for six or seven passengers, and is available with T5, T6 and T8 PHEV powertrains. The next-generation XC90 could be the last new Volvo to feature internal-combustion engines.
The Volvo S60 sedan and V60 wagon—including the V60 Cross Country variant—will also soldier on largely unchanged, the current generation having been introduced for the 2019 model year. As is the case with the XC60, these two models are available with T5, T6, T8 PHEV and Polestar Engineered T8 engines.
Last but not least, the Volvo S90 sedan as well as the U.S.-only V90 and V90 Cross Country continue to be available with T5, T6 and T8 PHEV powertrains, although the midsize sedan and wagon series won’t get any significant updates in 2021.