Next-gen Volvo XC90 to be a pure electric SUV-coupe

The next-gen Volvo XC90 will begin a new chapter for SUVs at Volvo Cars. It is said to be a pure electric SUV-coupe that’s strays from the traditional SUV styling for enhanced aerodynamics and higher driving range.

According to a report published on di.se in May, the next-gen Volvo XC90’s arrival is postponed from 2021 to 2022. However, dealers have already seen the 2022 Volvo XC90, and they are amazed by its design, autonews.com had reported in March. Now, Robin Page, Senior VP of Design, Volvo Cars, has revealed more details about this aspect of the upcoming electric SUV.

2020 Volvo XC90 facelift profile side
The new Volvo XC90 would look different from the current model (pictured) as designers are intent on getting a more aerodynamic shape.

Volvo XC90, unlike most competitors, has held on to its traditional SUV character. However, for the redesign, because of the switch to a pure electric powertrain, sacrificing old-school proportions in favour of aerodynamics was imperative to achieve a competitive range. Speaking to autoexpress.co.uk recently, Page said that while a typical SUV design includes a high hip point and roof, driving range and aerodynamics are crucial in the case of EVs, and this causes a contradiction.

To find the right balance between SUV traits and aerodynamics, Volvo Cars is rethinking the SUV design language. The British publication suggests that the 2022 Volvo XC90 and other next-gen Volvo SUVs, as a result, will have a coupe-styled sloping roofline and a lower ride height. So, while they may not seem as tough, they’ll look as powerful and sportier.

Volvo dealers who attended a private preview of the 2022 Volvo XC90 electric had revealed that it would come with an eye-tracking system to keep a tab on the driver’s attention. Per their opinion, the feel and the fit-and-finish in the next-gen model will be a step above. Reports that the next-gen model will offer Level-4 autonomous driving, in which the vehicle can drive itself in normal conditions without the need for the driver to intervene, have also emerged.

The Volvo XC90 Electric range and other technical details are still to be reported. We expect a good 500 km+ range based on WLTP test cycle in at least one configuration, though. As for the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the first fully electric Volvo, it will enter series production and go on sale later this year. The Volvo XC40 electric range is over 400 km (WLTP)/over 200 miles (EPA).

In markets like India which are behind the curve in electrification, we suppose the current XC90 would have an extended run through facelifts and editions.

2020 Volvo XC90 – Image Gallery