Volvo’s New Era will Include New Names for all Models
The second-generation Volvo XC90 came with a bang in August 2014. Redesigned from the ground up, the SUV ditched the first-gen’s dated image for a stunning, new exterior looks and an ultra-luxurious interior that are about to spread across the company’s entire lineup. And it seems a few Volvo products will shift to brand-new nameplates in the process, if we are to believe a report coming from Dutch paper De Telegraaf.
Specifically, Volvo is has decided that the next-generation S80 sedan, V70 wagon and XC70 crossover need not just makeovers, but new names too. And all three will be launched within the 90-Series family. The range-topping sedan will switch to S90, the station wagon will become the V90, while the XC70 will be renamed V90 Cross Country. The motivation behind this decision is that all three vehicles will grow bigger and include even more luxury amenities, De Telegraaf adds.
Also in the mix, per reports, is an entry-level 40-Series lineup and a mid-range 60-Series line. Within these series will be S sedans, V wagons and XC SUVs. There is also the chance for slightly heavier-duty Cross Country versions of the V40 and V60 wagons.
There’s no official information when these new vehicles will arrive, but rumor has it the S90 is scheduled to debut in late 2015. The sedan will reportedly be followed by a coupe version and long-wheelbase S90 L for the Chinese market. Volvo will launch new-generation models of its entire lineup by 2017.
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Why It Matters
Renaming models is Volvo’s other way of saying it’s upping the ante toward becoming a mainstream competitor for brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi. It’s not to say that Volvo lacks the luxury or the safety features offered by the Germans, but the Swedish company lags far behind in terms of sales. And that’s what they are aiming to change.
Launched in 2014 the second-generation XC90 rides on a brand-new platform, and features a completely redesigned body and cabin. The modern looks and the ultra-luxurious interior are joined by a new engine lineup, which, for the very first time, includes a hybrid drivetrain.
Dubbed T8 Hybrid, this model combines a 2.0-liter, turbocharged and supercharged four-banger and a 60-kW (80-horsepower) electric motor connected to the rear axle. Its combined output sits at 400 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque, while the all-electric range is rated at 25 miles.
The gasoline engine comes with the same 2.0-liter engine, which uses a supercharger to fill in the bottom end of the power range and a turbocharger to provide extra power higher in the rev range. A similar powertrain should become available for the upcoming S90 as well.