Report: 2015 Volvo XC90 on the way, compact XC30 under consideration

Volvo will finally be giving its XC90 model its long-awaited remodel for 2015, built on the automaker’s all-new platform.

The XC90’s current generation is coming up on its 13th anniversary, and has only received some mild modifications since its inception. Several teasers had been released by Volvo for the new SUV that all differed from one another, with highlights of some including sleek lines and a wider grille design, but which will be make production remains unknown.

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What we do know about the 2015 XC90 is that it will feature Scalable Platform Architecture, or SPA, which will also provide the platform for the S60, V70, XC60 and S80 models. It will also feature Volvo’s new VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engine technology, scaling down motors to 4-cylinders with turbos, as the automaker is eliminating all of its 6-cylinders.

Crafted in a joint effort with Siemens, VEA will be available in both petrol and diesel, and can be combined with hybrid powertrains.

In addition to the next-generation XC90, Volvo is looking at adding in a subcompact crossover that would sit just beneath the XC30. It has been announced that they are publically seeking partners to help build the model, as there is no platform this size in Volvo’s current lineup. Expect to see a concept at the Paris Auto Show this fall, and if it makes production it won’t hit showrooms until 2015 the earliest.

– By: Alexandra Koken

Source: Inside Line