Volvo have plans for a selection of new models including a hatchback below the V40, a BMW 5 series rival, 2+2 coupe and a new crossover. The cars will all be based on one of the two new architectures that will fit the whole range from 2016.
It seems like Volvo is going to say goodbye to the C30 three door hatch and replace it with a selection of smaller models. The first of these is the XC40 which is an entry level crossover and will fit between the XC60 SUV and V40 Cross Country, both price and size wise.
There will be a five door hatchback which will be a bit smaller than the V40 quasi estate. It will be a replacement for the S40 small saloon although larger and more spacious.
They will then replace their XC90 SUV which is their biggest model and a seven seater. There will be a second generation version in 2014 which will be using the new scalable underpinning called SPA. SPA will actually form the basis of much of the Volvo range from the S60 saloon and XC60 SUV to the XC90.
There will be a S90 saloon at the very top end which will go in competition with the BMW 5 series and Audi A6. They will offer an estate version of course and it should offer some of the largest load space in its class when it appears in 2015.
There will also be a 2+2 seater coupe which is likely to have a curvier design more like the 1960’s P1800. It will have the SPA platform and will compete with the BMW 4 series and the Audi A5.
There are changes with regards to power for the new models. They will have three or four cylinder engines. It has been said by insiders that they are capable of getting 304bhp from the four cylinder and 204bhp from the three cylinder and there may be plug in hybrid additions to add 100bhp on top of that.
This hybrid technology has already been seen in their hybrid plug in the V60. This is the world’s first diesel plug-in and can do 155mpg and emits only 43g/km of CO2 It is very steep price wise though at £43,775 and even with the £5k government grant will be too pricey for many buyers to consider it. A significant drop in price will be needed for it to be attractive to mainstream buyers.