New Volvo electric SUV, not XC90 electric, to rival Tesla Model X

Volvo Cars previewed an upcoming electric model with the Volvo Concept Recharge at the Volvo Cars Tech Moment event on June 30, 2021. Here’s what we know about the Volvo Electric SUV.

Design

The Volvo XC90 enjoys a reputation of looking like a proper upright SUV with conventional proportions, but the EV era calls for softer designs that provide better aerodynamic efficiency and increase the range. The flat ‘skateboard’ platforms also allow for changes to the proportions and lower bodies. As a result, the Volvo Concept Recharge has a lower and curvy hood, a sleek greenhouse, and a sloping roofline. The large, protruding wheels and the wider body give it an impressive stance.

A shield-like structure bears the Iron Mark logo instead of a traditional concave waterfall grille. Signature light elements like Thor’s Hammer headlight and vertical rear lamps are present on the concept, though, but in reimagined avatars. The unusual bulge on the front of the roof is a LiDAR sensor from Luminar. Volvo Cars plans to offer the production version with this equipment as standard, which means that every unit it sells will be hardware-ready for fully autonomous driving with Highway Pilot.

Interior

The Volvo Concept Recharge features a futuristic, lounge-style interior with a low-profile dashboard, a humungous 15-inch freestanding portrait touchscreen, a sleek and compact instrument cluster, and a detached center console. Android Automotive OS powers the instrument cluster and infotainment system. This means that Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play are built-in. Android Automotive OS is actually a part of an umbrella of operating systems here, called VolvoCars.OS.

Volvo Cars is developing two variants of the SPA 2 platform, one for hybrids and one for EVs. The latter is reportedly a completely different, skateboard chassis, though it carries the same name. The battery pack lies under the vehicle’s flat floor, allowing short overhangs, a long wheelbase, and a very spacious cabin in the electric SUV. Also worth noting is the large storage area between the driver and front passenger seats.

Production

The new electric SUV will enter production at the Volvo Cars South Carolina factory in the U.S. in 2022. The Swedes may price the new Volvo electric SUV competitively between USD 70,000-75,000, undercutting rivals like the BMW iX (USD 83,200 onwards) and the Tesla Model X (USD 89,990 onwards) by a huge margin.

We have now taken the decision to build that (Polestar 3) in this factory here (South Carolina). So we are expanding the factory to build also that car. But then yes, some months later, the very first Volvo, all-electric from this new architecture, will be built in our factory here in South Carolina. So, it will be the first factory in the world, building our all-new generation, all-electric cars, before Europe and before China. And with those two cars, this factory will then after a while also be the only plant in the Volvo Group which only makes full-electric cars.

Hakan Samuelsson, CEO, Volvo Cars (Volvo Car University and Volvo Car South Carolina Technical Center opening)

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