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The Volvo XC90 will soon have an electric successor, but is not yet to retire


The first-generation Volvo XC90 was introduced in 2002 at the Detroit Motor Show. Since then, the flagship of the Swedish carmaker has won more than 100 international awards, including “SUV of the Year”. The first generation, produced for an admirably long time in the years 2002-2014, produced over 600,000 pieces.

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The first-generation Volvo XC90 sold 636,143 units, and in some markets it was sold in parallel with its successor, the current XC90

The current second generation has been on sale since 2015 and has followed the success of its predecessor very well – but one day it will also expire “term”. As the automotive industry is now slowly but surely going through a period of transformation and gradual transition to electromobility, this also applies to Volvo.

As such, Volvo has been planning to produce exclusively electric cars since 2030, but until then it still counts on hybrids. It is the period up to 2030 that offers an imaginary window of opportunity for the XC90, which in Gothenburg they do not just want to sleep in cold blood, but want to give it a dignified life – in other words, before the XC90 is at the end of its life cycle, it will be produced in parallel with its successor.

The brand new, electrically powered model is expected to roll out of a new plant in South Carolina, while the XC90 will continue to be manufactured at home in Sweden. Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson even said: “There is no reason why the company should stop producing one of our most successful models, despite the fact that the hybrid drive market will continue to work for some time to come.”

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The Volvo XC90 is already looking forward to its successor, but they are not yet in Gothenburg to end production of the XC90

In Gothenburg, they are well aware that until then the XC90 will still need to be “rejuvenated”, so some facelift is definitely expected. However, technical improvements are no longer expected – Volvo, like the vast majority of carmakers, has already invested a significant amount of money in electric car development. The factory in the Gothenburg region of Torsland, which should completely adapt to the production of electric cars, will also logically undergo the change – starting in 2025.

However, this will not be the first time that Volvo will produce an older model in parallel with the new one – for example, the first-generation XC90 was produced in some markets until 2016 under the name “XC Classic”. Other carmakers with the same approach are no exception – for example, the “JK” and “JL” generations of the Jeep Wrangler “met” for some time during the production process, as in the case of the Dodge Ram, whose previous generation you can still buy in the US under the name ” 1500 Classic “.

There are rumors in the corridors that the successor to the XC90 should reportedly be called “Embla” and that it should be introduced this year – but we have to wait for confirmation. Volvo itself has not yet boasted a date of revelation, let alone more detailed information. So far, we know nothing about performance, range and other key parameters. All we know is that this will be the first car from Gothenburg built from scratch as an electric car.

The Volvo XC90 is currently available in three hybrid engines. The B5 can have both petrol (250 hp) and diesel (235 hp) under the hood. Both of them are seconded by the so-called mild-hybrid system, which helps in moments of high load and recovers energy from braking, which is a simpler and, last but not least, cheaper solution compared to the plug-in hybrid. Mild-hybrid prices start at 1.8 million crowns, the basic price of the top plug-in hybrid T8 Recharge then exceeds 2 million crowns.

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