Report: Volvo to launch new-generation cars from 2014 image

Volvo will launch four all-new models from 2014, starting with the replacement for the XC90 SUV.

The new XC90 will be followed by a new S80 sedan, a V80 estate and a new shorter wheelbase 2+2 coupe that may be called the C80. According to a report from Autocar, all these new models will be based on Volvo’s new Scaleable Platform Architecture and will be powered by the carmaker’s new family of VCA four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines.

These units will be mated to two manual transmissions or an eight-speed auto. Power will range between 140 and 280 horsepower for the new four-cylinder petrol engines, with diesels to develop between 120 and 230 horsepower.

The report says Volvo will not offer V6 or V8 engines in the future, with extra performance and all-wheel drive to be offered by an optional hybrid transmission which uses an electric motor driving the rear axle.

The S80 and V80 are likely to launch in 2015, while the new coupe, which will be shorter than the S80/V80 sister cars, is expected to have the same wider cabin. As for the XC90, Volvo will not change the recipe too much compared with the current model, with the new one to feature a tall and abrupt front end design and very short front and rear overhangs.