Volvo Cars is developing an electric SUV smaller than the XC40 Recharge, which is given the working title Volvo XC20 by the web media. Digital artist Aksyonov Nikita’s renderings of a Volvo ‘C30’ is quite interesting, as it previews a model smaller than the C40.
There aren’t enough takers for a two-door SUV, just ask the convertible and coupe variants of the Range Rover Evoque which were pulled off the market. Though just a digital reality, a two-door Volvo XC20 looks very appealing from a design perspective. The sleek greenhouse comprising only two glass panels and the sharp kick in the beltline contribute to the sportiness.
One can safely expect the Volvo XC20 to have proper rear doors and access to the boot via a conventional tailgate.
Volvo CEO talks about XC20’s design
Hakan Samuelsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car Group, talked about its design on the sidelines of the Volvo C40 Recharge earlier this month, helping form a mental picture.
The company feels the need for more electric SUVs and has them in its development pipeline, he added. The so-called Volvo XC20 would be “more streamlined” but still be “high”, because “people really are fond of high seating positions,” Volvo’s chief explained. It wouldn’t be as squarish as current Volvo SUVs and have a softer roofline instead, aiding the aerodynamics and bettering the range.
If it all goes as planned, Volvo’s electric vehicles will account for 50% of global sales from no later than 2025. By 2030, that number would change to 100% as the company would stop selling thermal-engined vehicles at the end of the decade.
Volvo XC20 to ride on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture
The Volvo electric SUV smaller than the XC40 Recharge was first reported by autoexpress.co.uk last year. At the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group unveiled the Lynk & Co Zero Concept. The electric SUV concept is underpinned by a new platform called ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture’. The Chinese conglomerate owns the Volvo Car Group which controls the Volvo and Polestar brands.
During the discussion, Samuelsson revealed that the Volvo SUV smaller than the XC40 could be an all-electric model and off-road capability might not be a focal point.
Samuelsson spoke to the British auto publication about leveraging the parent company’s new architecture. “We’ll also use SEA,” Samuelsson said. Explaining why Volvo Cars Group is looking at SEA instead of CMA for the potential Volvo XC20, Samuelsson said it’s difficult to manufacture a smaller product, which would need to be cheaper, on the CMA. He didn’t say it explicitly, but indicated that it is a cost issue, and so, it isn’t like CMA can’t technically allow a smaller Volvo EV.
Where the CMA’s development took place in Sweden, the SEA’s was developed in China for the local market where volumes are high. Thus, there’s significant savings involved in the new platform, with the Volvo Car Group boss saying Chinese suppliers allow “a very good cost structure”.
Battery & Range
The Volvo XC20 Recharge, or the Volvo C20 Recharge if the small electric SUV turns out to be coupe-styled, will not have the 78 kWh battery pack. The 40 Series models, which come with it, deliver more than 418 km (260 miles) as per WLTP. The 20 Series model may not do above 220 km (137 miles) on a full charge as it would be for short commutes and an urban type of vehicle, much like the Honda e or the Mini Cooper SE. The smaller battery would help bring down the price of the car, as it is the single most expensive component.
Volvo XC20 release date hinted
Samuelsson confirmed that the SEA-based Volvo would arrive before 2025 to make a contribution to the BEV’s share. The list of competitors would include the VW ID.2, the Hyundai Ioniq 3, the Smart electric SUV, and the $25,000 Tesla EV, (what we call the Tesla Model 2) though we are not sure at this point if it would be crossover design. Expect Volvo to present the XC20 in production form in the second half of 2023.
Featured image: behance.net/aksyonov Nikita