Volvo is planning to launch a luxury flagship SUV that will use a coupe design and an all-electric drivetrain to challenge high-end rivals such as the Audi Q8 and BMW X6,media reported. The new SUV, which is expected to be the 2024 Volvo XC100, will build on the XC90’s three-row SUV and take advantage of the Swedish automaker’s focus on electrification.
Now, the growing demand for SUVs is a sign that luxury car companies will shift their focus from traditional car body styles to larger, higher-spec utility vehicles combined with trucks. Compared to off-road capabilities, the new market-demanding models are more about style, performance and internal comfort than on off-road capabilities, with luxury models such as Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus.
The 2024 XC100 will use the same SPA-II platform as the next-generation XC90, According to Motor Trend. However, it is speculated that the XC100 will only introduce electric mode. For now, Volvo is clearly trying to make all-wheel drive standard for its new car – one electric motor in front and the other at the back. The battery pack will be hung between the two axles below the cabin to maintain a low center of gravity.
The new electric flagship will be more dramatic and stylish than the XC90, and it doesn’t need to make too many concessions on practicality. While the XC90 is expected to feature a three-row structure, the 2024 XC100 will focus on only four seats. This will give it a flowing linear roof line to suit the “coupe SUV” body style, which is known to have been popular with consumers and has proved to be very successful, such as the BMW X6 and Audi Q8.
Suspension and General Dynamics will focus on comfort, and the car will also have a new semi-autonomous feature. This could include Volvo’s new Volvo Highway Assist technology, announced last week, which will allow drivers to choose to drive autonomously on a particular highway. In response, Volvo will integrate a new lidar system into its cars.
As for the XC100’s performance, range and specifications, it will not be announced until the electric car is officially unveiled, which will not arrive at dealerships until at least 2023.