Here are some sketches of the next generation Volvo XC90, as shown to Car and Driver magazine prior to the LA Show. These images are likely to be design proposals for Volvo’s big SUV, which has been around since 2002. A replacement for the successful original is overdue, and the next gen car, said to be planned for 2014, could look like this.

The main pic you see above shows a face that’s not too dissimilar with the one Volvo’s Concept Universe wears, hinting that this could be the new face of the brand. The other rear three quarter sketches show various profiles, rear designs and tail lamps, among other elements. One looks like a bigger XC60, another has a C30 style rear, but I like the one with the boomerang tail lamps the most.

The folks at C/D also revealed that the next XC90 will sit on a so called Scalable Platform Architecture, and the whole range will be exclusively powered by four-cylinder engines, in line with the downsizing movement. Needless to say, the four-pot mills will have direct injection and force induction, with varying outputs.

2014 is very far away, though, and the current XC90 will have to soldier on as old lady in a class of prettier, younger things.