Volvo is about to unveil a successor to its fashionable XC90 later this yr, and the automobile seems to be to have been revealed early by means of patent drawings filed by Volvo with the European Union Mental Safety Workplace in July.
Found by Motor1, the patent drawings have been filed beneath the part for electrical automobiles, and have been filed along with trademark safety for the identify EXC90, with the E right here more than likely signifying the electrical powertrain.
Volvo’s present naming technique for EVs depends on the designation Recharge, as seen on the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge electrical crossovers.
Volvo Idea Recharge – June 2021
In an interview final yr, former Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson confirmed a brand new identify can be used for the XC90 successor, and hinted the identify would begin with a vowel. This led to rumors the automobile is likely to be referred to as Embla, a reputation Volvo has trademarked. The identify comes from Norse mythology and represents the primary lady created by the gods. EXC90 might be a greater match, given the cachet of the XC90 identify.
As for the design proven within the patent drawings, it hints at an SUV that is decrease and longer than the present XC90, which ties with rumors the XC90 successor shall be extra wagon-like in comparison with the present SUV. The design is believed to have been previewed by the Idea Recharge unveiled final yr. The idea mixed the excessive seating place of a traditional SUV with the sleeker, extra aerodynamic physique of a wagon—one thing that ought to assist the XC90 successor in the case of vary.
The XC90 successor will journey on a next-generation model of the SPA platform discovered within the present XC90, aptly dubbed SPA2. The platform has been developed from the onset for electrical automobiles, although it might probably help internal-combustion engines in hybrid configuration.
2023 Polestar 3
We additionally know there shall be a excessive degree of self-driving functionality. Volvo has confirmed built-in lidar for the XC90 successor and stated there’ll finally be a function referred to as Experience Pilot, which can allow true hands-off, eyes-off journey on sure highways. Timing for Experience Pilot is not clear, although the primary market has been confirmed as California.
Manufacturing of the XC90 successor for North America and different markets shall be dealt with at Volvo’s plant close to Charleston, South Carolina. The plant presently churns out the S60 sedan for worldwide sale however from subsequent yr may also be answerable for the XC90 successor and a associated Polestar 3.
Regardless of the approaching arrival of its XC90 successor, the present XC90 continues to be promoting close to file ranges for the nameplate. Final yr Volvo managed to promote 38,657 examples within the U.S., which is the best degree for the present XC90 and the second highest within the nameplate’s historical past. Consequently, the present XC90 is predicted to keep on sale for a interval after the electrical successor arrives.