Volvo Concept Estate Might Become a Production Reality

Leading up to the biggest unveiling in recent Volvo history, the flagship XC90 SUV, the Swedes have shown us no less than three concepts. There was the sexy coupe of last year, followed by a small two-door crossover SUV and, in Geneva, the lovely Concept Estate.
Volvo Concept Estate 1 photo
The previous two cars have all been rumored to be more than simple concepts. The coupe would turn into the C70, dead since last year, while the XC Coupe crossover would spawn a new nameplate. So what about the Concept Estate? Surely the most beautifully elegant shooting brake in recent memory deserves to go into production!

According to the German magazine Autobild, it really will become a production reality in as little as a year. Their report suggests a slightly watered down version will be sold as a replacement for the V70 and could wear the V90 moniker.

This large wagon would be great in the US, where many people hold the practicality of the V70 very dear. The same Scalable Platform Architecture used to make the next-generation full-size SUVs. Engines might also be shared, some of the smallest displacement and least pollutant units potentially offered in the segment.

As part of its new environmental initiative, Volvo announced last year that it plans to develop four-cylinder mills that are lighter and much more efficient than six-cylinder ones they would replace. Already, some mid-size models have received a new T6 mill which uses both turbocharging and supercharging to deliver over 300 hp form a 2-liter block.

Volvo has pretty much played all its concept cards. We'll have to wait and see if all these rumors of future models pan out.


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