With unconfirmed speculation that a new flagship SUV will be launched next year, leaked patent drawings have allegedly provided the first glimpse of the all-new Volvo XC90.
Reportedly set to debut in 2022, unlike the aforementioned flagship dubbed the XC100, images released Worldscoop forumdisplays a familiar silhouette, but with design cues from the separate Polestar brand, as well as a rear end largely taken from the S90.
However, the most telling aspects are the sealed radiator grille, the absence of exhaust ports and the filing of a trademark application under the moniker EXC90 under the classification of “electric vehicles; ground vehicles”.
ALSO READ: Powerful Volvo XC90 T8 shock worth having
Revealed by motor1.comthe latest announcement appears to confirm that the replacement for the now seven-year-old XC90 will be fully electric, in line with Volvo’s announcement four years ago that it wanted 50% of sales to be electric before it ditched internal combustion engines entirely. combustion. 2030 year.
A move that has already begun with the abandonment of all diesel engines and mild hybrid assistance across the XC90 range, spearheaded by the T8 Recharge plug-in hybrid, the next generation will be based on an all-new version of the Scalable Production Architecture (SPA) platform. called SPA2.
As revealed three years ago, the new underpinnings will be the basis for the next Volvo 60 and 90 models, and as reported at the time, it will feature both internal combustion engines and all-electric powertrains. otherwise.
“It will be born electric, so there won’t be any of the compromises that come when you make a combustion engine car into an electric car. This means we don’t have to worry about where the engine and exhaust will go.” Automotive news quoted his words.
“It will be the perfect family car in Europe and the US, where the current XC90 is very popular today. It will have a high seating position, good visibility, and you will ride without pangs of conscience, because you will ride an electric train.”
In addition, the LiDAR-based autonomous driving system will be available on the brand’s next-generation models, with the XC90/EXC90 being the first recipient.
While Volvo remains tight-lipped about images or any specific details, don’t be surprised if more details and images emerge in the coming weeks and months.