Volvo’s New Platform Puts XC40 on the Back-Burner

Volvo’s New Platform Puts XC40 on the Back-Burner

Volvo Says the XC40 Won't Make its Debut for at Least Five Years Volvo has announced changes to plans for its XC40, saying that its all-new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) used in up-and-coming models like the 2015 XC90 and next-generation S60, is too large for this particular vehicle.

 

Volvo has announced changes to plans for its XC40, saying that its all-new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) used in up-and-coming models like the 2015 XC90 and next-generation S60, is too large for this particular vehicle. The automaker says that it SPA platform will be used only to support its new generation of four-cylinder engines, designed in-house over the last few years.

 

 

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Volvo remains adamant that the XC40 will still be developed, although it is unlikely that the model will be released for at least the next five years. Volvo is confident that the XC40 is a worthwhile project, and as one Volvo insider said, “would fit the brand and sell in numbers.” In the future, the automaker will also be adding the “Cross County” moniker the more rugged versions of its vehicles, while “XC” will be used to denote models in its SUV lineup.

 

Volvo has designed its new modular framework to support mechanical four-wheel drive, as well as hybrid-based four-wheel drive (with the two rear wheels driven independently by electric motors), so as not to seem restrictive with a purely four-cylinder platform.

 

In addition to this, Geely (the Chinese company that owns Volvo) has annoucned plans for a new mid-range brand that would fit between their own China-only vehicles and the top-range Volvo lineup. However, at this time there is no confirmed reports on whether this new mid-level brand would be offered outside of China.

 

Source: LeftLane News

 

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