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Volvo XC100 and C40: New Swedish Crossovers On the Way

High profits and conquest sales planned.


  • Volvo XC100 should arrive in 2023, set for battle in the full-size luxury crossover segment
  • Volvo C40 said to be a fully electric, coupe-like subcompact crossover scheduled for 2021
  • The full-size XC100 will be built in Volvo’s Charleston, South Carolina plant

According to dealers who wished to remain anonymous, two new Swedish-branded crossovers will hit the North American market in the coming years, covering both ends of the luxury utility vehicle spectrum: the full-size Volvo XC100 and the subcompact, coupe-like Volvo C40.

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Is The Swedish Car Company’s First Fully Electric Vehicle

2020 Volvo XC90
The upcoming Volvo XC100 will be bigger than the current XC90 pictured above.

Automotive News reports that the Volvo XC100 will be big—seven inches longer and almost five inches wider than the current midsize Volvo XC90—and will rival behemoths such as the BMW X7, the Mercedes-Benz GLS, the Range Rover, the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator. While these luxo crossovers don’t sell all that well in Canada, the U.S. market gobbles them up, as that particular market segment grew 57% in 2019 compared to the previous year.

The Volvo XC100 should arrive sometime in 2023 and is said to be built in the company’s Charleston, South Carolina assembly plant. “It’s an XC90, Range Rover, Cullinan all in one,” said a dealer representative.

The upcoming Volvo C40 will be a fully electric subcompact, coupe-like crossover based on the XC40 pictured above.

Meanwhile, the Volvo C40 should arrive in dealerships in 2021 as a sportier, coupe-like variant of the Volvo XC40—like the BMW X2 is to the X1. According to dealers, it will feature a fully electric powertrain, possibly shared with the upcoming XC40 Recharge model that will go on sale this year. The C40 will boast an EV-style grille, a sloping roofline and different taillights than its “regular” XC40 counterpart. The brand forecasts sales of 8,000 units a year in the U.S.

“It’s going to be a price-point leader, stated a dealer representative. “It’s going to be a lease leader. It’s going to be an affordability vehicle.”

The report also mentions that a fully electric Volvo XC60 could arrive in 2021, along with an XC90 EV soon thereafter.

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