Volvo is following an industry trend by
developing a new scalable platform
that will spawn everything from the next-generation XC90 SUV to replacements for the S80 flagship sedan and stylish new S60 and V60.
However, building such a flexible platform from scratch takes time and right now Volvo has an aging fleet in desperate need of some new product.
While the first new model to be built from Volvo’s flexible platform will be the next XC90, due sometime in 2014, the automaker plans to launch several new models in the interim.
The first will be a five-door C30, which may be called the V30 or possibly even C40
and is due for a world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next March.
Targeting the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, BMW 1-Series Hatchback, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class and B-Class, the new C40 will serve as the replacement of the S40 and V50 models and is likely to spawn a pair of crossover versions.
That’s right, a pair. According to GoAuto
, who spoke recently with Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby, the C40 is likely to spawn a C40 XC, essentially a toughened up version in the vein of the Subaru Outback and upcoming Impreza XV
, as well as a separate XC40, which will be more of a compact SUV to rival the likes of the Audi Q3 and BMW X1.
Finally, this same compact car platform could be used to develop a replacement for the C70, with the current model scheduled to end production in 2013
. This new model has reportedly been confirmed by Jacoby, though it isn’t expected to be launched until 2014.