The second-gen Volvo XC90 received its mid-life facelift in February 2019, and two years later comes a ‘surprise’ refresh before the next-gen model replaces it in the second half of 2022.
Volvo has started deleting exposed tailpipes from vehicles as it prepares customers for the era of all-electric models in all size classes. The 2022 Volvo XC60, a facelifted version of the second-gen Volvo XC60, has its tailpipes tucked-in discreetly. The 2022 Volvo XC90, an updated version, similarly does away with the exposed dual exhaust tailpipes. Below, we compare the 2022 Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 AWD (PHEV) with the 2021 Volvo XC90 Inscription T8 AWD:
The 2022 Volvo XC90 may begin reaching showrooms in a few months. Looking ahead, the next-gen Volvo XC90, based on an upgraded platform (SPA2), would have a pure electric variant. Both ICE and all-electric variants of the next-gen Volvo XC90 would be made at the Volvo Charleston plant in the USA, the latter riding on a skateboard platform.
Volvo has confirmed that it will phase-out combustion vehicles by the end of the decade. To increase the share of sales of EVs to 50 percent by mid-decade, the company is planning a new entry-level model, the Volvo XC20.
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