Volvo XC20 to lead new charge of electric models

Volvo is adding a smaller electric SUV to its range, along with two other new models in the coming years

Volvo is planning to introduce a small SUV to its already fully electrified range. The new car could be called the XC20, with Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson confirming that it'll be one of the first to use an all-new electric platform developed by the Swedish brand's parent firm Geely.

The SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) platform was first shown at the 2020 Beijing Motor Show, underpinning the Lynk & Co Zero Concept. The platform has already been tipped for use in a production Lynk & Co electric car, but Samuelsson told DrivingElectric that Volvo products using the platform are also being worked on.

“We’ll use [SEA] for a smaller car, where I think it’s very practical and smart for us to share that, so we can have a cost structure for a smaller car that’s very competitive," Samuelsson said. "It’s difficult to push the [XC40's] CMA platform, which is a combination platform for EVs and combustion-engined cars, further down. So if you want to do a smaller car than XC40, then SEA can do it. We will use it for that."

When asked about this new small Volvo's bodystyle – and if it'd be an SUV – Samuelsson all but confirmed an SUV with his response. "Yes - good guess! It has to be premium, and SUVs are very popular, but it should be all-electric, too," he stated.

Samuelsson stopped short of confirming an XC20 name for this new SUV, but suggested that "it'll be a car that’s definitely in line with customers’ expectations." Volvo has trademarked 'XC10' and 'XC20' as model names, however.

New Volvo 40-series electric car

Another new Volvo model was confirmed in our conversation with Hakan Samuelsson, fitting into the brand's 40-series. “Next year there'll be another 40-series Volvo, which will also be electric,” Samuelsson said. “So we'll have electric cars to support our ambition to sell half of our cars as all-electric five years from now.”

While Samuelsson didn't give any more details, it could be that this new 40-series car could be badged S40 or V40 and be aimed at the likes of the Volkswagen ID.3. Alternatively, the car could be another XC40 model – perhaps a more rakish coupe-SUV.

New Volvo XC100 range-topper

Volvo is also expected to introduce a next-generation flagship at the top of its range. Expected to arrive in 2022, the new car is likely to be badged XC100 and take the form of a large, pure-electric SUV – based on the second generation of its large-car platform, named SPA2, that's currently in development. 

The new platform will allow Volvo to make cars bigger than the current XC90, DrivingElectric understands, with cars up to 5.5 metres long made possible. One such car will be a forthcoming third Polestar model – again, a large SUV. 

DrivingElectric understands that the larger Volvo model will be around 30cm longer than the XC90 and longer than the BMW X7, too, with a long wheelbase, seven seats and a big boot.

Electric power is likely to be joined by a plug-in hybrid option. Mild-hybrids could make up the lower end of the range. The car will be built to compete in the US and Chinese markets where larger cars sell well; prices could well exceed £80,000 when it goes on sale in the UK. 

Samuelsson has also previously confirmed that the next Volvo XC90 would be electric and hybrid only.