Volvo Future Plans Detailed: S60 and S80 Facelift, New XC90

Volvo is working on a major refresh for its model lineup in the future. On the sidelines of the Paris Motor Show, the Swedish company’s head of marketing, Doug Speck, told Autonews Europe that they are planning a facelift for two of their sedans.
First, the S60 will be getting a facelift in 2013. This is one of Volvo’s newest cars, having been revealed in 2010. But it’s also one of their most marketable, more easily sold in the US or China.

The S80 will also be getting a makeover next year. This is a larger and far older model, having been introduced in 2006, and softly retouched in 2010.

How far will they go with the facelift? We don’t know that yet, since prototypes have not been spotted. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if they went all the way and added the pedestrian airbag from the V40 as well. It’s the most interesting toy added to a Volvo in a long time

Moving further down the line, two years from now Volvo will introduce a replacement for the XC90 crossover in 2014. The new SUV will use a new modular architecture that uses lightweight materials. The current model is the oldest Volvo makes, having been introduced in 2002. It will likely be designed to cater to American buyers, as this is Volvo’s most important market.

Further down the line, Volvo might buil a rival for the MINI Cooper, as this superminis are very lucrative in the luxury market.
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