Volvo Concept XC Coupe live photos, 2014 Detroit Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
Volvo’s current XC90 is long overdue for renewal, having been on the market since the 2003 model year. A successor is in the works and was previewed at the recent Detroit Auto Show by the striking Concept XC Coupe. A key feature of the concept's design is the T-shaped daytime running lights, which will appear on most models in Volvo's future lineup including the new XC90.
Volvo has mentioned in the past that its new XC90 would be revealed towards the end of 2014. We now have a bit more specific information from the brand’s North American chief, Tony Nicolosi. Speaking with Car and Driver, Nicolosi is reported to have said the new XC90 will be revealed in the fall but won’t be on sale in local showrooms until March 2015.
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 every Volvo sized from the S60 up.
All models based around the SPA platform, including the new XC90, will be powered by four-cylinder engines grouped in Volvo’s Drive-E family, 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 is expected to be the first all-wheel-drive Volvo in the U.S. market fitted with a Drive-E engine.
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