We all know that Volvo has a lot of things planned for their future. In fact, the Swedish automaker is going to reveal the next generation S60 this summer, and apart from that, they are planning to come out with a Cross Country version of the V60. In general, they will develop more powerful and efficient hybrid powertrains, while they transition to purely electric power.
This does not surprise us though. Instead, what comes as a surprise to us is the fact that Volvo’s current generation of turbocharged internal combustion engine is the last of its kind. It was Hakan Sameulsson, the brand’s CEO, who revealed this information the same time they presented the new V60 wagon in Stockholm, Sweden.
This statement may be shocking to most of you, but it will take quite some time for Volvo to completely get rid of their gas engine – in around seven years perhaps. Also, there will be a new generation of the SPA architecture that they have planned for 2021, but it will continue to use the current generation ICEs albeit heavily modified.
Since we are talking about the new platform, we know that it will be made of Swedish steel and will prioritize on safety. It will also remain relatively heavy, but will be lighter than regular underpinnings.
One thing we should be thankful for though is the fact that Volvo’s new wagons are here to stay, and will continue to play a major role in the company’s lineup, despite its shift towards SUV models. On the other hand, niche vehicles such as shooting brakes, coupes, or pickups are not part of their plan. These types of models, instead, will be launched and developed by Polestar - which is now a standalone brand under Volvo’s umbrella.
Since Volvo is our main topic, reports say that they automaker will switch to Android based infotainment systems next year. Not only will this have a cooler interface, but it will also have Google based applications. Also, the new V60 will be offered with the new Car by Volvo subscription program, which is what the automaker recommends for most of their new buyers. In fact, they have already gained around 1,000 global orders. Right now, we do not know yet how much the V60 will cost but we should find out when Volvo announces pricing details.
Currently, the Swedish automaker’s largest market is China, followed by the United States - both these regions play a huge role in the automaker’s success. In addition, Volvo also operates some of its factories in the US. So when Volvo finally shifts to hybrid powertrains, we expect to see a significant impact on sales in their biggest markets.