According to a recent interview with Volvo chief executive officer Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo is not looking to enter the segment below the 40 series, which represents the company’s compact offering.
Under the Chinese parent’s supervision, Volvo has proceeded towards renewing its entire model range – starting with the second generation XC90 crossover and the introduction of the brand new S/V 90 series. Now it’s the turn of the 40 series – as previewed by the recent introduction of the 40.1 and 40.2 concepts. Volvo’s new CMA platform is in charge of the 40 series models, which should come out in the years to come, including a first ever XC40 compact crossover. And the executive in charge of the Volvo destinies has recently revealed it has no intention to greenlight anything less than the 40 series. This is mainly due to the C30’s lackluster sales – so Volvo has no business case going there again.
Aside from the already existing SPA-manufactured models (XC90, S90 and V90), the Swedish automaker will refresh its entire roster in just four years. And in the process there are also plans for juicy Polestar versions, including one powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder biturbo engine featuring a supercharger and coming out with 450 hp. Volvo is also going to deliver electric models and has lots of prototypes involved in autonomous research.
Via Car & Driver