Volvo trademarks XC50 nameplate – new SUV coming?

Volvo is looking to expand its product line-up further with a new model reportedly called the XC50 (already trademarked), according to a report by Auto Express. However, the XC50 won’t be arriving anytime soon, as the carmaker will first focus on models within its refreshed 60 and 40 Series – the new S60 and V40, for instance.

Given its name, the XC50 will likely slot in between the current XC40 and XC60, but it’s unknown what sort of form it will take. “We cover 98% of the segments, so it’s more likely we’ll go further into the depths than expand,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo’s senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

When asked if a coupe-like SUV is on the cards, Kerssemakers said, “potentially, but not in the short term”. Given its positioning above the XC40, the XC50 could be any number of things, including a rival to the BMW X2, or if it was a larger than the XC40, a rival for the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. Another possibility is a larger SUV than the XC40, like what Mercedes is set to offer with the GLB.

Of course, there is still a long way to go before Volvo will add another SUV to its line-up, which is already pretty comprehensive if you’re not looking for a rakish-looking machine. After the V60, the S60 sedan will likely be the next to be introduced, followed by a new generation of 40 Series models like the V40 and maybe even a revival of the S40.