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We’ve just learned that a facelifted S80 sedan will debut for the 2014 model year, and that it will be the final version on the current platform, before Volvo rolls out its modular Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) design.
A redesigned XC90 will be the first model to adopt the SPA platform (due in 2014 as a 2015 model), followed by, according to Autocar, a completely redesigned S80 sedan, a new V80 station wagon instead of the former V70, and a C80 flagship coupe, which will reportedly use a 2+2 interior design.
All of these models will reportedly ride on the SPA platform, and all will be available (in Europe, anyway) with four-cylinder gasoline or diesel engines.
As we previously reported, Volvo will move forward only with three and four-cylinder power as a nod to fuel economy. Expect the gasoline-powered range-topping models to use four-cylinder engines making between 140 and 280 horsepower, with the diesel models producing between 120 and 230 horsepower.
Volvo will reportedly offer both manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions throughout much of the range, though we’re not likely to see the manual gearbox option on this side of the Atlantic.
If you want more thrust from your Volvo, hybrid models will offer supplemental electric power to the rear wheels, though a mechanical all-wheel drive system is still compatible with the SPA architecture.
Moving forward, the SPA platform will provide the underpinnings for all Volvo models sized from the S60 up. Below this, Volvo is expected to work with its parent company Geely to develop a new compact car platform.