Volvo's design sketches for the 2015 Volvo XC90
A successor is in the works, though its showroom appearance isn’t expected until 2014 at the earliest.
The long gestation is due to Volvo finally ditching the last remnants of its previous tie-up with Ford and developing its own modular platform to spawn its future lineup.
This new platform, dubbed the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), will debut in the new XC90 and will ultimately underpin everything from the compact C30 replacement up through the next S80 sedan.
All models based around the SPA platform, including the new XC90, will be powered by four-cylinder engines, and most will come with turbochargers and direct injection for additional performance and some will even offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.
The new XC90 will be one of the biggest models spawned from the SPA platform. It will be just as practical as the current model and feature seating for seven. The interior is expected to be much more luxurious than the current model, with glass panels and a floating center stack all set to feature once again.
Late last year Volvo showed several sketches of possible designs for the new XC90, showing a very sleek design and a number of influences from the 2011 Volvo Concept You. Expect the SUV to feature a wide grille and high waistline as well as Volvo’s trademark vertical tail-lamps.
Note, the new XC90 isn’t the only crossover Volvo has in the works. A smaller XC40 based on the recently revealed V40 is also in the works and according to Inside Line both the new XC40 and the V40 are headed to the U.S. Volvo is yet to confirm the news but we should know more soon as the XC40 is expected to be revealed this September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.