Is Volvo’s Polestar Division Working On An Electric Version of the Iconic P1800?
Polestar went through a drastic transformation in recent years. Once a small shop that built mildly hotter versions of existing Volvo models, Polestar is now a full-blown performance division that creates unique designs. Its production car lineup includes the Polestar 1 and 2, both electrified, and it seems that the brand is already working on something. But based on the spy shots we received, it’s not a brand-new model. It seems that Polestar is testing an electric version of the iconic P1800, a car that Volvo built back in the 1960s.
2021 Volvo V90 Cross Country
With sedans dying down and people changing their preferences to more practical vehicles, wagons seem to be making a comeback. Although wagons are a hit in Europe, the same can’t be said for the U.S. market. The sales of wagons in the U.S. dropped so low in the last decade that automakers pulled the plug on them and decided to focus on SUVs of different sizes.
However, things seem to be changing for good and many carmakers have started putting in effort to make these haulers look a lot more desirable. Volvo is on the cusp of refreshing its complete 90 series, and the latest vehicle to get an overhaul is the V90 Cross Country. The changes are limited and it is just a mid-cycle refresh to boost the sales until the next-gen wagon hits the floors. Will it make an impact, though?
2021 Volvo S90
The Volvo S90 is scheduled to receive a mid-cycle revamp that’s expected to debut in 2020 for the 2021 model year. Once Volvo finally applies the finishing touches on the facelifted model, the S90 will feature mainly visual changes on the outside, but the Swedish firm might also tweak the sedan’s infotainment system to keep up with its rivals, and it may even introduce the mild-hybrid powertrain brought by the freshly-revised XC90.
A big question mark for now is how (and if) the S90’s interior will change. Volvo’s prowess for nicely laid out cabins that are also comfortable and high-quality suggests the carmaker won’t fiddle too much with an already perfect recipe.
2020 Volvo V90
Even though they are arguably the most practical vehicles you can buy, wagons were never really considered to be an enthusiast’s first choice. Things are so bad in the States that automakers started retracting their wagons from here and focused on the European markets instead, where they were greeted with open arms. However, times are changing now. Volvo has been renovating the 90 series, and now it’s the V90’s turn. The current V90 is already about three years old and it has started to look dated (blame the Cross Country models to an extent for this). The new V90 does not look radically different from the current model, but the automaker did hide the subtle changes it brings in on the bumpers and fog lamps.
What in the World is Volvo Teasing?
Volvo recently took to its Facebook page to unveil a teaser video, promising what could be the “sound of your ride.” No clue or hints were divulged other than the cryptic #360c hashtag. It doesn’t say anything revealing, which leads to the question on what exactly is Volvo teasing with the “sound of #360c”?
Volvo’s First EV Will be Derived from the XC40; Bolder EVs Will Carry Polestar Badge
Volvo has confirmed that its first electric vehicle will be derived from the XC40 crossover and that it will arrive after Polestar introduces its second model in 2019. The battery-electric version of the XC40 will be followed by an EV version of the XC90, which is scheduled for a 2021 race. Volvo also has no plans of building electric-only models, opting instead to develop EV versions of its current models.
One More Teaser for the Volvo S60 Before Tomorrow’s Big Debut
The new-generation Volvo S60 is set to debut tomorrow, June 20, and the Swedish automaker released a teaser photo to get things hot for another 24 hours. The compact sedan will be unveiled in Charleston, South Carolina, where Volvo will open its first-ever U.S. manufacturing plant. The teaser shows an S60 hidden under a thin cover, but it doesn’t reveal much.
Volvo Teases the New S60 Polestar Days Before its Debut
A day after introducing the Polestar Engineered Performance Pack for the upcoming S60 sedan, Volvo is now teasing the range-topping T8 S60 that’s going to receive the performance infusion from Polestar. The new teaser comes in the form of a 12-second video, showing the T8 S60’s front section, while also giving us a birds-eye glimpse of the sedan.
Polestar Will Tune the New S60 to More than 400 Horsepower
Polestar may be its own company now, but it’s still expected to play a role in Volvo’s core lineup, including the all-new S60 that’s days away from making its debut at the Swedish automaker’s new production facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Volvo’s performance division will be in charge of creating what’s described as a “Polestar Engineered” range-topping version that will sit above Volvo’s R Design model of the next-generation sedan.
All We Know About The 2019 Volvo S60
The S60 is one of Volvo’s best-selling sedans to date. The S60 made its debut in 2000 and was seen as a successor to the S70. Since then, the car has seen itself in different avatars - as a performance car, an electric car, a cross-country, an estate, etc., and all of them have had their fair share of success. The S60 is all set to enter its third generation, and we can expect a lot of things to be changed this time around. Here’s a quick synopsis of what we know about the Scandinavian-designed beauty.
No more Diesel Engines for the upcoming Volvo S60
The all-new Volvo S60 will be unveiled in the coming weeks and is set to become the first offering by the automaker in the modern era sans a diesel engine! This marks the start of Volvo’s ambitious electrification era and highlights their “commitment to a long-term future beyond the traditional combustion engine.” Is this a safe move for a car that always had a diesel engine?
A Volvo-AMG S60? It’s Not Entirely Out of the Question…
The days of staying true to one brand have really become a thing of the past. After all, you’ve got BMW and Toyota Teaming up to build the next Z4 and Supra, Nissan and Mercedes teamed up to build the Mercedes X-Class, and Geely is buying up stock like it’s going out of style, with the most recent acquisition making Chairman Li Shufu the largest single shareholder of Daimler. And, that’s why we’re here today – that partnership, according to Manager Magazin, could extend to Daimler buying some stock in Geely and eventually supplying Mercedes Engines to Volvo. So how about it; a Volvo-AMG S60, anyone?
Volvo Chooses to Electrify Current Range Over Creating New Models
As the all-electric segment continues to grow, Volvo is looking to grow with it, expanding its battery-powered offerings with several fresh models to be released over the next few years. However, rather than developing all-new vehicles, the Swedish brand will instead modify its current lineup with hybrid and all-electric iterations of existing nameplates.
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Volvo is currently in the process of revamping its lineup, but once it’s done, it may cram a Coupe-SUV into its lineup. The new model would be unlike anything in Volvo’s current lineup and would take on models like the BMW X2 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. The news comes shortly after Volvo filed a trademark for the XC50 name, hinting that it could sit above the XC40 and below the XC60.
The Volvo XC40 Will Go All-Electric with a Range of 310 Miles!
The Volvo XC40 may be Volvo’s smallest SUV, but it’s making big waves in the news with reports that the model is going to receive an infusion of new powertrains that will include the automaker’s first three-cylinder engine, a plug-in hybrid, and an all-electric setup. The all-electric XC40 will reportedly get a range of around 310 miles and will be the second zero-emissions Volvo to hit the market, preceded only by a hatchback model that the Swedish automaker is developing from the 40.2 Concept that it introduced last year.
Volvo to Join the EV Hatchback Community with an Electric Volvo V40
Volvo introduced its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform with the new XC40, and it’s already taking steps to expand, with an all-new, next-gen V40 hatchback being the next model to make use of this adjustable, electrification-ready platform. And, that is the keyword: Electrification – and that’s exactly what you can expect from the next-gen V40. And, it will be offered with at least two battery sizes too, making it more affordable in base form and more able to compete with its German rivals in higher trim levels. Want to know more? Keep reading to find out all about it.
Polestar’s First Production Car Could Be A 600-Horsepower Sports Coupe
Volvo’s reported plan of turning Polestar into a standalone brand is about to take its first big step toward reality as a report from Autocar revealed the Swedish automaker’s intentions of developing a bespoke sports coupe as the first model to exclusively wear a Polestar badge.
According to Autocar, the planned model won’t be a completely new one, but will instead be based on an existing Volvo model. But that’s likely about the only thing it’ll share with the parent company. Everything else, including the generous use carbon fiber and the tuned engine, will be all about establishing Polestar as a legitimate performance sub-brand that will eventually stand on its own, independent yet still connected to Volvo. Specific details about the car have yet to be released, but the report says it will make good use of carbon fiber and be tuned for 600 horsepower, enough to help it line up against established performance coupes like the BMW M6 and the Porsche Panamera. No timetable has been set on when the performance sports coupe will be launched, but the current plan appears to have the Polestar debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this coming September.
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Volvo To Sell Only Hybrids in 2019; Promises 5 EVs by 2021
Swedish automaker Volvo has just announced that every car it launches from 2019 onward will have an electric motor, in a move to gradually phase out and replace internal combustion engines with more efficient and environmentally friendly drivetrains. While this doesn’t mean that Volvo will give up on gasoline and diesel engines altogether, it will make it the first premium carmaker that puts an electric motor in each and every vehicle in its lineup. And on top of turning its current cars into hybrids, Volvo also plans to launch five all-electric vehicles between 2019 and 2021. Not many details are available, but Volvo says three will be Volvo models, while to will be high-performance Polestar versions.
The firm added that these five cars will be supplemented by a range of gasoline and diesel plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid options on all models, which confirms that the EVs will be built on the current scalable platforms, meaning they will carry familiar nameplates. Expect a hatchback, a sedan, and a crossover to be the first to gain all-electric drivetrains. “This is about the customer,” said Håkan Samuelsson, Volvo president and chief executive. “People increasingly demand electrified cars and we want to respond to our customers’ current and future needs. You can now pick and choose whichever electrified Volvo you wish.”
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Polestar Is Having A Go As A Standalone Electric Sports Car Brand
There once was a time when Polestar didn’t amount to much. Sure, it was known as Volvo’s performance division, but with the Swedish company mired in its own dire straits, nobody gave two cents about what Polestar could do. It’s refreshing to know that times sure have changed on that front. Volvo, now under the ownership of Chinese automaker Geely, has risen from the ashes to become a legitimate competitor in the premium car market. The brand’s success is also trickling down to Polestar, which is on the verge of becoming its own standalone electric sports car brand.
Word of Polestar’s reported ascension to standalone brand status comes by way of Auto Express, which added that if things fall according to plan, we can see the first Polestar-branded model before the calendar flips to 2018. According to the report, Geely has its sights set on the Volkswagen Group’s own push to build a field of electric sports cars among its own sub-brands. The motivation to compete in that market is being seen as the catalyst for this plan to give Polestar its own podium, no different from what Mercedes-Benz has done with AMG. As far as specific plans are concerned, nothing has been revealed to give us any reason to expect what Polestar could be up to. We do know that it will continue to develop performance upgrades for existing Volvo models, as it has done ever since it was created back in 1996. As for the future of Polestar, the only thing we can say at this point is that it’s shining brighter than it’s ever been.
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