Volvo C60 Recharge high-riding variant to take the stage around 2025

A bigger brother to the Volvo C40?

Volvo Cars officials have sent strong signals through the media that more high-riding coupes could be heading to the market. Speaking to Australian media in early June 2021, Robin Page, Senior Vice President Design, Volvo Cars, said that accomodating the C40 Recharge’s key attributes – the versatility (of an SUV) and high-seating point, “is going to be important” in the company’s future products. That is something Volvo customers “really want,” the design chief said.

There is the need I think for customers to have this lower car than the SUV but something that gives you a big versatile space in the back

Robin Page, Senior Vice President Design, Volvo Cars (via caradvice.com.au)

In March 2021, AutoExpress asked CEO Hakan Samuelsson if the Volvo C40 Recharge points to a new nomenclature for future Volvo crossover coupes (derived from SUVs or sedans), he said:

I don’t know if we will call them C versions, but cars that are more streamlined but still high is something I could expect. Being streamlined will be more important when we go electric, but on the other hand, people really are fond of the high seating position. Let’s see, but it will not be square; there will be softer rooflines.

Hakan Samuelsson, CEO, Volvo Cars

What to expect from the Volvo C60

Volvo C60 in the product map of Volvo
Volvo Cars’ roadmap hints that the lineup will comprise two or more mixed-breed coupes in the future. The Volvo C60 could be the car in the second row, far right. Image Source: Volvo Cars

Volvo launched a high-riding variant of the S60 when the midsize sedan was in its second generation. That variant was the S60 Cross Country and part of the S60 family. In the fourth generation, the high-riding variant of S60 might be a separate model – the Volvo C60 Recharge, one that is closer to the XC60. The difference between the two 60 Series vehicles would be greater than in the second generation, with more crossover traits and a streamlined appearance aided by a soft roofline.

A Volvo C60 Recharge, if that’s what it is called, may not be expected before mid-decade. The traditionally long lifecycle of the Volvo S60 and XC60 suggests that the current-gen model has several years of service. When it is time for the next generation, it might make sense to offer it as only an EV. Volvo will build its next-gen 60 Series models on the SPA2 platform that will debut in the next-gen XC90 in 2022.