Looks like Volvo is finally going to let go of the current XC90, coming up with an all-new model for 2014.
In Volvo’s defense, the XC90 is a truly great car with no remarkable fault. And it’s been selling well throughout its 10 years of presence in the market. So why would they change it.
But the car is starting to look old now and in the world of fancy crossovers you need to look good to survive, no matter how good a car you are underneath. These four sketches here show what Volvo design team has in mind for the next-gen XC90.
Looking at these pictures it’s clear they want the new model to be instantly recognizable as an XC90. That’s why the shoulder lines and the signature rear-end design remain almost identical to the current model. Where the car gets modern is at front, where it will adopt a new face inspired by Volvo’s recent concepts.
The new XC90 will be built upon Volvo’s Scalable Platform Architecture which in plain English will let the designer to keep the car’s huge size while shedding a few hundred kilos off its weight.
But the best thing about the XC90 has always been its interior. We are quite keen to see how Volvo is going to improve that.