Volvo is in the midst of developing a Golf-sized modular vehicle platform with owner Geely, and according to Automobile Magazine, this platform will first underpin the XC40, a future C-segment crossover that could bridge the gap between the V40 Cross Country (pictured) and the XC60. The new boy should go up against the Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA and BMW X1.
Next up for the new platform is a VW Golf-sized model that will spawn both five-door hatchback and four-door sedan bodystyles – the latter being an S40 replacement that will have the Audi A3 Sedan in its sights.
Separate from this, the Swedish firm’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) will underpin a C60 coupe that will reportedly feature styling inspired by the P1800 sports car of the 1960s. Automobile Magazine says that despite the flexibility of the SPA platform, it cannot be scaled down to Golf size due to cost and weight limitations. SPA will remain for vehicles V40 and up.
Expected to arrive next year, the next Volvo XC90 will be the first to sit on SPA, followed by the S80-replacing S90 sedan and the V70-replacing V90 estate in 2016, further reports Automobile Magazine.
These models will receive three-cylinder engines with up to 204 hp and four-cylinder units with up to 306 hp, as Volvo wants to phase out all five- and six-pot powerplants by 2016. Plug-in hybrid variants with an additional 100 hp will also be offered. A new Volvo S60 is set to be introduced in 2017 and a follow-up to the XC60 the year after.