May 19, 2024

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New electric Volvo crossover on the way, to be built in the U.S.

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Automotive News reports that Volvo has a new electric crossover coming, the intel relayed by “two sources familiar with the plans.” Said to be codenamed V546 at the moment, the new product is said to slot in between the XC60 and XC90.

If size is a factor in its tweener placement, the XC60 is 185 inches long, the XC90 195 inches long, so the V546 could be about the length of the 189-inch Ford Edge. The sources claim it will ride on a new electric platform, which could be SPA2 bones that will support the coming electric XC90 and that the Concept Recharge electric crossover study (pictured) sits on. The Swedish automaker debuted the Concept Recharge in June last year as a template of future styling cues, sustainable materials, and advanced infotainment and autonomous technology. The AN piece says we’ll see that some design and tech transfer into the V546.

Out of a global production of about 100,000 units, 40% will be allotted to Volvo’s plant in Ridgeville, South Carolina, to serve the North American market, starting in early 2025. That leaves an available capacity of 110,000 units out of the plant’s 150,000-unit annual cap. The four-year-old plant builds just the S60 sedan at the moment — turning out roughly 23,000 units last year — but is transitioning to an all-EV assembly operation. Before the V546 arrives in three years, the Ridgeville facility will add the battery-electric version of the next-generation XC90, thought to be called the Embla, and the battery-electric Polestar 3, both hitting the market in 2023. Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson has said Ridgeville will “be the only plant in the [Volvo Cars Group] which only makes full-electric cars.” 

And although it’s fallen off the radar, we’re still anticipating the new flagship XC100 to debut in 2023 as well. AN’s Future Product Pipeline says the top model will come in six- and seven-seat layouts akin to what BMW and Range Rover do, with the six-seater bolting up captain’s chairs in the second row. Ridgeville also gets the nod for this one, production said to begin in early 2023. 

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