Next Volvo XC90 Set for Late 2014 Debut


  • 2013 Volvo XC90 Picture

    2013 Volvo XC90 Picture

    The revamped Volvo XC90 will debut at the end of 2014. | December 04, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • Volvo has confirmed that its next-generation XC90 will be launched at the end of 2014, the first of several new models based around a modular platform known as SPA or Scalable Product Architecture.
  • The automaker also confirmed that it is replacing its current family of engines with a new family of four-cylinder engines.
  • Volvo said it is spending half of an $11-billion investment on its next-generation vehicle architecture and engines.

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Volvo has confirmed that its next-generation XC90 will be launched at the end of 2014, the first of several new models based around a modular platform known as SPA or Scalable Product Architecture.

The automaker also confirmed that it is replacing its current family of engines with a new family of four-cylinder engines. The four-cylinder engines are expected to feature direct fuel injection and turbocharging.

Volvo said it is spending half of an $11-billion investment on its next-generation vehicle architecture and engines.

"SPA makes us technologically independent, without any link whatsoever to our previous owner," said Peter Mertens, Volvo senior vice president of research and development, in a statement. "The new architecture covers about two-thirds of our total sales volume.

With about 40 percent of all components shared by all car models irrespective of size, we will benefit from economics of scale, boosting our competitiveness."

Edmunds says: The first fruits of Volvo's new platform for vehicle manufacturing will be a revamped version of the XC90 — a critical step for the automaker.

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