The Swedish carmaker Volvo is currently redesigning the successor of the XC90 SUV. According to the reports our sources are delivering, the company will completely put out diesel units. That is not a surprise. The new 2021 Volvo XC90 will also release a redesigned version of the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, known as SPA2.
In addition to the much lighter construction, compared to the current edition, this chassis was created solely with electric powertrains in mind. This will allow Volvo’s celebrated SUV line to offer more petrol hybrids and electric units, as CEO Hakan Samuelsson announced to the media.
Before shutting down the production of the second-gen XC90, Volvo is going to make a few more refinements. First, of them are about to happen next year. The refresh of this series will happen in the middle of its life cycle. But, these won’t be radical changes, but only minor cosmetic modifications, which will allow it to remain relevant in a very turbulent segment.
Level 4 Autonomous Drive Confirmed
In addition to the electrification process, the 2021 Volvo XC90 will feature the fourth level of autonomous driving technology. The system will allow cars to accelerate, brake, and steer on their own. Samuelsson also added there are few priorities in the company, and the new version of the autonomous drive is one of them.
2021 Volvo XC90 EV
The XC90 is already available as a plug-in hybrid (T8 AWD system). But now, the company CEO confirmed that they are making the new step. The 2021 Volvo XC90 could bring the first all-electric version of the mid-size SUV. Again, we couldn’t learn more, since there were talking about new models and even bigger vehicles within the same segment.
Currently, the PHEV variant can offer their drivers a range of 17 miles. The all-electric version is going to challenge Tesla Model X and its assortment of engines and ranges. Well, the entry-level electric XC90 will probably make 200 or even 250 miles. Be sure that Swedish company is delivering a high-performance version with 0-60 mph acceleration below 4 seconds.
No More Diesel Engines for XC90
Well, the US edition of the XC90 is not offering diesel setups. Two petrol drivetrains and one plug-in hybrid are available configurations. However, outside the United States, the Swedish company is using diesel units. When the 2021 Volvo XC90 arrives as the redesigned SUV, these will become history. We can say the carmaker is replacing diesel power with pure electric energy. This move is definitely showing the way of thinking by Volvo. In the future, this company could electrify the entire lineup.
2021 Volvo XC90 US Specs
The cost of electric SUV will be even more expensive. And the XC90 is not recording exceptional sales only because of its premium equipment. So, the company will stick to existing conventional configurations for a while. Existing setups for the US market are T5 and T6. The T8 is a plug-in hybrid, which is questionable if the all-electric model appears in 2021.
The T5 system combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel drive, and the start/stop feature for the engine. This setup is good for 250 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. If we take a look at other mid-size premium models, this is a sub-par output. On the other hand, the fuel economy is an advantage over rivals. The 2021 Volvo XC90 T5 will return 25 mpg combined. Optional AWD consumes more fuel.
T6 and T8 Engines
Mid-size luxury SUVs are delivering much more power. For example, Lexus RX produces 290 hp, Acura MDX 321 hp, 385 hp, etc. So, to compete with such outputs, the 2021 Volvo XC90 will bring back the T6 drivetrain. The same petrol unit is turbo- and supercharged to deliver 315 hp. Engineers could more horsepower for 2021 YM.
Finally, there is an abovementioned T8 plug-in hybrid setup. Again, the same 2.0-liter drivetrain is the base. The T8 upgrades the T6 configuration with an electric motor. Again, if the PHEV shows up again, it will make more power. Currently, the T8 creates 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque, runs 17 miles by using only the electric source of power, and returns 58 MPGe combined.
Volvo Plans to Add the Bigger SUV
Currently, the XC90 is the biggest SUV in the lineup. It is a seven-seater mid-size model. But, according to words of Hakan Samuelsson, the company is considering adding a full-size model that will compete Lexus LX, Toyota Land Cruiser, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator. The success of XC90 and lately its smaller siblings, XC60 and XC40, will make Volvo pretty interesting on the market. However, Samuelsson said there are certain priorities, and autonomous drive and electric SUV are things the Swedish company will set the focus in the foreseeable future.