Volvo XC100 to get in-house designed motors, LiDAR technology [Update]

Volvo Cars has said that it plans to become a fully electric car company by the year 2030. By then, Volvo intends to discontinue even hybrids from the global portfolio. Volvo’s journey to transform into a fully electric car manufacturer is part of the corporate climate plan which looks to bring down the life cycle carbon footprint per car through concrete actions.

Volvo says that its pure electric models would be available only online. This would naturally apply to the incoming Volvo XC100 (codename: Volvo V616). The company has released a teaser where it shows the large SUV (overhead view) as a part of its mid-decade electric portfolio.

upcoming Volvo electric cars teaser
Volvo teases its mid-decade electric vehicle portfolio. The model on the bottom right corner is expected as the Volvo XC100. Image from Volvo Cars Media site.

Late last year Volvo announced major investments to develop electric motors for next-gen Volvo electric cars. It is safe to assume that the Swedish-origin automaker would pick in-house design electric motors for the Volvo XC100 as well.

In-house design of next-gen Volvo EVs’ motors would not mean 100% Swedish development, though. In October 2020, Volvo opened a new electric motor lab in Shanghai, China and vehicle development will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden and Shanghai, China here on. It is worth noting that the company has battery development centres in both countries.

Volvo says that the Shanghai electric motor lab will focus on pure electric vehicle and hybrid electric vehicle motors coming off the SPA2 platform. According to a report from Teknikens Varld, the Volvo XC100 will be based on the SPA2 platform assumed as an evolution of the SPA that debuted in the Mk2 Volvo XC90 in 2014, ready for intensive electrification.

In another update last year, it emerged that the Volvo XC100 would feature LiDar technology for fully autonomous driving. Volvo Cars has partnered with Florida-based Luminar for the same and the company has confirmed that it will offer its SPA2 platform models as hardware-ready for autonomous drive from 2022. SPA2 platform models will have OTA update and Highway Pilot capabilities, with the latter enabling fully autonomous highway driving. Volvo Cars is considering to offer LiDAR sensor in all SPA2 platform-based cars as standard.

The Range Rover, Mercedes GLS and BMW X7 are the full-size European luxury SUVs that customers get to choose from, but a formidable rival to the trio is on the way. Volvo Cars is planning the foray into the F-segment with a model called the Volvo XC100, the largest and most opulent car it will have ever made.

In a segment long-dominated by JLR and Daimler, BMW Group had its first taste with the BMW X7 in 2018. Now, the Swedes are at it, and they’ll take a radical approach launching their Mercedes GLS rival with an all-electric powertrain option.

While many companies are investing billions into exclusive platforms for their most advanced BEVs, Volvo Cars is developing SPA2 to support internal combustion engines. SPA2 will spawn three kinds of electrified vehicles – mild-hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Volvo XC100 – Expected Design & Specifications

Volvo SPA platform
The Volvo XC100 will ride on a new SPA2 platform, presumably an advanced version of the SPA (pictured) ready for deep electrification.

Volvo Cars has already designed the Volvo XC100 electric SUV and shown it to dealers privately, Automotive News said in a report in March 2020. Some of the dealers have described it as an “absolute home run” and also “an XC90, Range Rover, Cullinan all in one”. It will have a body 7 inches longer and nearly 5 inches wider than the XC90 and come in 6-seat and 7-seat seating layouts. For reference, the Mk2 Volvo XC90 measures 4,953 mm (195 in) in length, 2,008 mm (75 in) in width and 1,776 mm (70 in) in height.

Volvo Cars will be able to build vehicles measuring up to 5.5 metres or 217 inches in length on the SPA2 platform, as per a report from autoexpress.co.uk. The British report suggests a slightly longer Volvo XC100, measuring 5.2 metres or 205 inches, and it also says that a Polestar SUV on the SPA2 platform is planned.

The American media report had indicated that the Volvo XC100 will have a pure electric powertrain as an option. The regular Volvo XC100 may arrive in 2023 and see manufacturing in Charleston (South Carolina), USA, as per this report. The Volvo XC100 electric should follow in 2024.

Meanwhile the Swedish report says that the Volvo XC100 would measure 5.2 metres in length, 2.0 metres in width and 1.8 metres in height and premiere in 2022 or 2023. The wheelbase will span a length of 3.1 metres.

Powertrain specifications of the Volvo XC100 electric or possibly the Volvo XC100 Recharge are a complete mystery. However, a few years into the launch, solid-state batteries are likely to be available making electric cars practical than ever before. However, as research in this field is ongoing, there are good chances that initially Lithium-ion battery pack options would be presented to customers. 90-100 kWh battery pack choices are a given then, and the most efficient configuration may offer a range of over 500 miles (805 km).

The Volvo XC100 electric or Volvo XC100 Recharge would compete with the likes of the Electric Hummer SUV which is confirmed and likely to arrive in 2022. Volvo Cars may price its flagship from around $85,000.

Volvo XC100 FAQs

What is the Volvo XC100 release date?

2023 is the expected Volvo XC100 release date, with the electric version to follow in 2024.

What will be the Volvo XC100 price?

The Volvo XC100 in its electric variant could be priced from around $85,000.

Featured Image from Volvo Cars Media site