Volvo will launch a totally new version of its popular XC series. The automaker recently confirmed their plans for the model, which is scheduled to go on sale towards the end of the year. Volvo also announced details to its engines and platforms.
According to Volvo, the new Volvo XC100 will be the first model built using its new Scalable Product Architecture. The platform will adapt to many new models of varying sizes. That way, Volvo can finally cut ties with Ford, which previously owned the Swedish automaker. Many Volvo models still share parts with Fords.
As for the new XC100, Volvo is tight-lipped on details. While its release date is less than two years away, that's a long time for car shoppers. While it's hard to guess exactly where Volvo will take its next XC100, several sketches shown last year may provide some insight. Those drawings featured an angular, futuristic SUV with widely flared fenders. In addition to new styling, the new XC100 is also likely to use new engines.
That's because Volvo says it's developing a new family of 6-cylinder engines with turbocharging and direct injection. Those two features improve performance and fuel economy, making us think they'll likely show up in other upcoming Volvo models, too. If the XC100 does get a 6-cylinder, it will mark a radical departure from today's models. Volvo also offers the smaller XC60 crossover, which debuted for the 2009 model year.
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