Swedish automotive outfit Volvo (VOLVY.PK) wowed the collective auto industry when it presented, at different times, its three new concepts that supposedly illustrate the future design language for the brand. Its lineup is aging, to say the least: The XC90 SUV has remained more or less the same for more than a decade now, and the XC70 wagon is in a similar boat. Volvo has needed new energy for some time, which made its new concepts all the more exciting.
As it turns out, Motor Authority is reporting that Volvo is planning for a new line of cars, classified by the 90 moniker. The gorgeous Concept Estate, which was revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, will apparently take on the role of a range-topping wagon called the V90, which will bump out the current V70. It will be based on the similar underpinnings and structure of the forthcoming XC90, which will likely be based on the Concept XC Coupe.
In addition to being more practical like the old V90s, Motor Authority believes the new V90 will be a far more luxurious approach to the segment, and “its cabin design and advanced powertrains will likely reflect that,” according to the publication. It’s likely that Volvo’s four-cylinder units will stay under the hood, though a hybrid system is definitely a possibility.
An S90 sedan will also join the XC90 and the V90, bumping out the current S80 that has reigned supreme as Volvo’s largest sedan for years. Whispers of a C90 coupe may also materialize, Motor Authority reports, which would likely be based on the stunning Concept Coupe from last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
However, Volvo isn’t dedicating itself solely to luxury vehicles. With the help of its Chinese parent company, Geely, Volvo will also be bringing some new entry-level vehicles to market to help diversify its lineup. Motor Authority cited a new C40 to replace the previous C30 hatchback, a next-generation V40, and a new XC40 compact crossover as potential new vehicles.
Volvo has been working on a lot more than just the outsides. Though it’s been in development for years now, the company is still working on perfecting its KERS, or Kinetic Energy Recovery System, for mass-market use. Variants of the system can already be found in race cars, but it would be a first for everyday drivers. The system uses a flywheel to store energy that can be used to power the car later, and Volvo says it expects fuel savings of 25 percent or so as a result.
Together with its developing line of e-Drive engines (not hybrid-powered as one would think, but more fuel-efficient), Volvo is promising to have diverse set of powertrains to match the outward appearances of its new vehicles.