According to a report by Automotive News Europe, the replacement for the Volvo V40 will not be in the shape of compact hatchback. Volvo’s senior vice president for the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region, Lex Kerssemakers, told the portal that the V40’s successor will instead be higher-riding as buyers are more keen on SUV-styled cars.

“There are two trends in society that we have to include. First is that people want to sit high and second is that if you launch a car, it needs to facilitate an electric variant,” Kerssemakers said.

The latter will require a car that offers sufficient space to accommodate a battery large enough to provide a driving range of at least 300 km, which a low-seat compact car might not be able to do.

Currently, the V40 is the last model in Volvo’s range to be built on a Ford legacy platform (Global C), and its replacement will be built on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).

Volvo co-developed the platform with Geely, and it is used on the XC40 as well as Lynk & Co vehicles. The versatile platform is not only capable of accommodating conventional powertrains, but also hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric ones as well.

The company has previously showed what a possible body style for a new compact model could look like with the 40.2 concept in 2016. At the time, many believed the concept served as a preview for a new S40 – a model that was discontinued in 2012. Imagining the 40.2 as a wagon with a hatchback could be a rough indicator of what a new V40 might look like.

GALLERY: Volvo 40.2 concept