Volvo will solidify its model lines into three distinct series, according to overseas reports, as the brand aims to replace every model in its range by 2019.
The Chinese-owned Swedish company is set to offer a small car range (ending in 40), a mid-size model (ending in 60) and a flagship large car range (ending in 90). Each model line will be offered with S, V and XC prefixes, indicating sedan, wagon and SUV body styles.
Volvo has just revealed the first such model of its updated range, the long-awaited XC90 SUV. Following the XC90 will be a new S90 sedan as well as the rumoured V90 wagon, as was presaged by the stunning Concept Estate at the Geneva motor show earlier this year.
The smaller model range, which will replace the V40 and more ruggedly styled V40 Cross Country, will see the addition of a revived S40 sedan, while a new V40 will be sold alongside a more purposeful XC40 compact SUV. Rival models for the 40 range are expected to include the Mercedes-Benz A-, CLA- and GLA-Class models respectively.
The new 40 range will not use the same underpinnings as the larger 60 and 90 models, instead making use of a newly developed architecture that will be shared with parent company Geely.
According to US site Autoblog, the brand will continue to offer the Cross Country variants as part of the future model lines, with those cars to be fitted with higher-riding suspension, body cladding and all-wheel drive for some versions. The report suggests all V models will have the Cross Country treatment. However, that means the long-standing XC70 is destined for the dustbin.
The brand’s R-Design and Polestar model lines are also set to gain momentum, but the brand hasn’t yet confirmed which cars will get the R-Design styling bits and which will have the full-blown Polestar performance package. CarAdvice has heard, however, that there will be a V40 Polestar.The biggest omission from this model plan, it seems, is a sporty two-door coupe or convertible.
The brand has had the C range of models, including the C70 hard-top convertible and the previous C30 three-door hatch, and the company says that more than 80 per cent of its sales stem from “core models” – meaning it doesn’t add up to make a more niche car at this point in time.