You have to give it to the boys at Volvo. They’ve turned the marque from making boring boxy cars to sweet Swedish beauties. I’ve always considered the XC90 to be one of the nicest looking SUVs around. Volvo also has a cult following, comprised mainly of owners who value safety and the little thoughtful considerations which Volvo cars have that make your daily commuting alot more comfortable.

Volvo is now developing an XC50 cross-over small SUV to compete with the likes of the BMW X3 and it’s own sister Land Rover Freelander. This is the third member of the Volvo Cross Country (XC) lineup since the XC70 and the XC90. The Volvo XC50 will be built on the C1+ platform which is also used by the Land Rover Freelander.

Expect the 2007 Volvo XC50 to debut in mid-2006.