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Volvo XC90 Will Remain in Production Even After the Unveiling of Its Electric Successor

Even though a fully electric replacement for the Volvo XC90 is on its way (possibly called Embla), the Swedish carmaker isn’t planning on discontinuing its current flagship model as long as there’s still a demand for hybrid vehicles. This means that both models will be on sale at the same time for an indeterminate amount of time.
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During an interview with Automotive News, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson confirmed that the gasoline-powered XC90 isn’t going anywhere just yet.

“That’s an advantage of building the new one in Charleston [South Carolina]. Why should we close down the old one in Torslanda [Sweden] when you still have a market for hybrids, especially in America and China,” stated the chief exec.

Not only will Volvo keep the XC90 in production, but they’ll also give it another facelift in a bid to have it look as fresh as possible next to its more advanced successor – by the time the latter breaks cover, the current XC90 would be eight years old, as per Drive.

“We will even look into upgrading it, so it looks a bit better. But technology wise, we’ll invest in the new generation of all-electric cars,” added Samuelsson.

In the United States, buyers can currently purchase two variants of the XC90 in the regular gasoline-powered model (available in T5 FWD / T5 AWD and T6 AWD configurations) and the plug-in hybrid Recharge. The entry-level XC90 T5 FWD retails from $50,900 while the Recharge PHEV variant costs upwards of $64,800.

As for the successor, it’s expected to ride on the carmaker’s new SPA2 platform, which should also underpin the upcoming Polestar 3 crossover, as well as a future full-size SUV that Volvo will eventually throw at the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS.

Going forward, Volvo expects 50% of its global sales to be battery electric by 2025, before going full electric, as a company, by the end of this decade.


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