There have been rumors about the 2024 Volvo XC90, predicting that the next gen XC90 may not be the most favorable one for the fans – or whether they will like the new design. After flying rumors for 2 years, the company still hasn’t said anything about their new popular SUV. Many have stated that Volvo may be ready with the unveil once they are done with the changes to the interior and the overall styling. So, what would the SUV be like?
The Upcoming Production
In 2021, Volvo Cars had finally confirmed that they are going to have completely pure electric variant – another version of the XC90. However, they are going to produce it under a completely different name. It is said that the company wants to incorporate dual platform strategy back in the days of 2021. According to reports, the company is developing the so-called SPA2 with two (unique) floor assembles. One is designed for the hybrid models (which was back then rumored as the third generation of XC90) and one for the completely full electric type, like Tesla Model X or its rival, Volvo Recharge Concept.
Construction and Platform
According to the Volvo Cars’ Chief Technology Officer, Henrik Green, the company wants to produce the floors within parallel on separate (and different) line, but for ICE, it is the current platform (the SPA1) that integrates a few improvements.
According to Green, one floor would be constructed around the (flat) battery along with e-machine in both rear and front. It’s like a skateboard approach found on (pure) electric vehicles today. And then, there would be another floor with completely different mechanism and construction. It would be constructed with the prop shaft, a combustion unit (located in front), a fuel tank at the back, and an exhaust system.
Volvo Cars’ CEO, Hakan Samuelsson, hinted that the XC90’s second generation will get a (second) facelift after the first refresh work was done in 2019. Volvo won’t need a facelift if the third generation of XC90 is coming to the production stage. According to Samuelsson, they are looking forward into updating the second generation of XC90 to make it visually better. He also mentioned that there is a growing demand for hybrid models, and the trend is especially increasing in China as well as in America.
The Electrified Engines
In June 2020, there was a report about Volvo offering the 2024 Volvo XC90 in T plug in hybrid and B mild hybrid variants. The new lineup won’t be different from what’s being offered today. To boost the appeal, Volvo would possibly provide exterior updates to the current models so there would be a classic alternative to the (flagship) new electric rides. After all, the company plans on discontinuing their combustion vehicles by 2030, so it’s only logical if they are focusing to EV – and make sure that they are prepared for it.
The Launching Plan
It’s possible that Volvo Cars would reveal their new Volvo CX90 by the end of this year; at least before 2022 ends. Although it’s highly likely that they may launch it in the US as the 2023 model, there is a possibility that it may finally be set as 2024 model.
In September 2017, the company had stated that would produce this upcoming next gen XC90 at their South Carolina manufacturing plant. Instead of using the alphanumeric names (like they are doing today with the XC90), they will give a completely new name to the electric version of XC90. It is called Volvo Embla. The South Carolina plant has confirmed that they will roll out the next gen upcoming electrified Volvo rides. Details are still shady, so we should wait for Volvo for their 2024 Volvo XC90 confirmation.