2015 Volvo XC90 Rendered as Pickup Truck from Your Nightmares

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Because everything up North is exposed to the elements, Swedish cars rarely come in a pickup form. Getting a bucket-full of snow in the bed every evening hardly seems ideal for a working man trying to earn a living.
Not surprisingly, Swedes probably think of pickups very rarely. After all, this is the land of the wagon and the two the largest commercial truck makers in the world, Volvo and Scania. But that doesn't mean that we can't dream up something cooky once in a while.

Enter the all-new Volvo XC90… Pickup. We'd call it a "Lolvo", but that name has already been taken. Of course, the idea doesn't make any sense, not even with American consumers. Volvo's main fanbase is in the Snowbelt, while the biggest pickup markets are in the South of the country.

But wouldn't it be interesting if an XC90 Pickup actually existed? Think about it: the Volvo full-size SUV is one of the most technologically advanced vehicles on the market, not to mention one of the most efficient. Its flagship powertrain is called the T8 Twin Engine and it's a complex hybrid drive combining a 2-liter that's both supercharged and turbocharged with an electric motor. Total output is 400 horses of power, which is very nearly as much as a Ford SVT Raptor, but from three times less engine displacement.

As strange as it might sound, Volvo pickups have existed. There's the PV54 from 1939, plus numerous conversions of the old 850 we've seen over the years. Even though the chances of Volvo ever building an XC90 pickup are slim, the previous one stayed in production for 12 years, so there's plenty of time for the project to get going.

Rendering by X-Tomi Design
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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