Only EV, PHEV planned for next-gen Volvo XC60 – Report

Volvo announced last month that it will be launching five more electric cars over the next four years, inline with its effort to phase out combustion engines from its product range by the end of this decade. The announcement came on the back of the unveiling of the first electric-only Volvo car, the C40, and the Volvo XC60 and XC90 are next in line to see pure-EV variants.

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The XC60 EV and XC90 EV will be instrumental in Volvo’s plan of having EVs account for half the total sales. Image: Volvo Cars

By 2025, Volvo wants half of its sales to come from pure electric variants, and the company intends on offering electric variants of its SUVs. The XC40 is currently available in a pure electric variant – the XC40 Recharge – whereas the 2022 Volvo XC60 and 2022 Volvo XC90, though available in a ‘Recharge’ variant, are equipped with a plug-in hybrid system, and the non-Recharge variants get mild-hybrid systems.

With the next generation of these popular SUVs, Volvo intends on offering only pure-EV and PHEV. The Swedish carmaker will kickstart this offensive with the XC90 first, which is expected in the first half of 2022, and then the new Volvo XC60, expected in 2023, as per AutoExpress.

The Volvo XC60 electric and PHEV variants will ride on the new SPA2 (Scalable Platform Architecture) currently under development. The notable advantage of the SPA2 versus the SPA1 is that Volvo will be making two different floor assemblies: the Volvo XC60 EV and XC90 EV for instance will see a skateboard-like flat floor, with provisions to mount flat batteries and electric motors for the front and rear, whereas the XC60 PHEV and XC90 PHEV will get a floor layout that accommodates a combustion engine at the front and a fuel tank, prop shaft and exhaust system at the rear.

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The SPA2 will ensure distinct floor designs for the XC60 EV and XC60 PHEV. Image of the XC40 Recharge’s chassis used as illustration. Image: Volvo Cars

Both floor variants will be produced in parallel, on separate lines though, giving the company the economies of manufacturing scale.

The XC60 PHEV and XC90 PHEV will see a boost in their range thanks to improving battery technology and charging capabilities. Reports estimate the 2023 XC60 PHEV to have a pure electric range of 50 miles (80 km) as compared to the 31 mile (50 km) range on the current XC60.

2023 Volvo XC60 EV FAQs

What is the 2023 Volvo XC60 EV release date?

The Volvo XC60 EV is expected during the first half of 2023.

Which models do you consider 2023 Volvo XC60 EV rivals?

The Volvo XC60 EV will challenge the Mercedes EQC, BMW iX3 & Audi Q4 e-tron.

Do you have an idea of the 2023 Volvo XC60 EV price?

The 2023 Volvo XC60 electric is expected to come at between EUR 60,000-70,000.

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