A bigger brother to the Volvo C40?
The next-gen Volvo S60 is expected to either have an all-electric variant or come without a combustion engine. A Volvo C60 Recharge high-riding offshoot with all-electric powertrain could follow the regular sedan.
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 thus, it was a part of the S60 family. In the fourth generation, the high-riding variant of S60 might be launched as a separate model – the Volvo C60 Recharge. The difference between the two could be greater than in the second generation, calling for separation.
According to a recent AutoExpress report, when Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson was asked 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
A Volvo C60 Recharge, if that’s what it is called, may arrive about a year after the next-gen Volvo S60. The traditionally long lifecycle of the Volvo S60 suggests that the current-gen model has several years of service, and when the time for the next-gen model comes, it might make sense to offer it as only an EV. Volvo will build its next-gen 60 Series models on the upcoming SPA2 platform that will debut in the next-gen XC90 in 2022.