Volvo’s apparently very serious about upping their ante as a competitor to the already preexisting players in the mass-market luxury segment, particularly in the coupe niche, where AutoExpress in the UK reports the Swedes could come up with a coupe version of the S90 to pick a fight with the likes of the BMW 6-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe.
Previous reports of some trademark filings with the US Patent Office indicated Volvo still has an interest in producing coupes, following the retirement of their C70 model, which last took form as a convertible with a folding hardtop and was retired back in 2013. Not to mention, Volvo has a history of producing coupes, dating back to their famous P1800 sports car from the 1960s, so for Volvo to forgo their love affair with producing coupes could injure the brand’s image.
Nonetheless, the latest report suggests a coupe version of the S90 could surface as a variant to the newly introduced flagship sedan, which could predictably scoop up the name C90, in order to follow Volvo’s current nomenclature theme.
Not much else is known, but this said coupe in discussion could be heavily influenced by the likes of the Concept Coupe from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, similarly to how the XC90 and S90 models are already styled after that concept.
Speculation also typically points to the use of the same powertrains as the S90 and XC90 as well. Though should all play out as planned, there’s even a chance of seeing an S90-based convertible as well somewhere further down the line, following the launch of the coupe. All of this is made possible thanks to Volvo’s latest SPA modular platform, which currently supports the new S90 and the XC90.
– By: Chris Chin