Volvo is working on a new SUV that will compete with Mercedes-EQA

The all-new SUV will be based on Geely’s SEA platform and will feature stylistic cues from Volvo’s impending XC90 successor.

Following the introduction of the XC90 replacement and the 3, Volvo and Polestar will focus on developing new entry-level electric SUVs in the coming years. Volvo is said to be developing a premium small crossover in the manner of the Mercedes-Benz EQA, which will play a crucial role in the company’s goal of having electric vehicles account for 50% of global sales by 2025.

The new SUV will not have an alpha-numeric name.
It’s expected to have a more streamlined design.

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Volvo has unveiled a new compact electric SUV

Volvo is working on a new SUV that will compete with Mercedes-EQA
Volvo is working on a new SUV that will compete with Mercedes-EQA

Previously rumoured to be called the XC20 or C20, it has now been confirmed to take the same name as the XC90 replacement and, like that car, would sit high off the ground with a streamlined design for maximum economy.

It will be the first Volvo vehicle to be built on Geely’s new ‘open-source’ SEA platform, which was first utilised for Zeekr’s new 001 shooting brake. The 001, which will be available globally from next year, will be available with either an 86kWh or 100kWh battery for a maximum range of 700km, indicating the long-range potential of any Volvo car based on the platform.

Notably, Zeekr claims it can charge at up to 360kW, which means it can add 120km of range in just five minutes. The 001’s 542hp twin-motor drivetrain, on the other hand, is likely to be reserved for performance-oriented variants.

The SEA architecture’s other highlights include an automatically lowering suspension, facial recognition, and ‘full-life’ over-the-air update compatibility.

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Polestar SUV will be positioned between the 2nd and 3rd positions

Volvo is working on a new SUV that will compete with Mercedes-EQA
Volvo is working on a new SUV that will compete with Mercedes-EQA

Despite being positioned as a more mass-market proposition, Polestar’s second SUV, anticipated in 2023, will lie between the 2 and 3 in terms of size and features, and will have comparable rakish proportions to the flagship model. Although it will be lower to the ground and have a more steeply curved roofline than the 3, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath stated that inside capacity will not be “compromised substantially.”

Its size and location indicate that it will be closely connected to Volvo’s current XC40 Recharge, and that it may have the same CMA architecture as that car and its 2 stablemate. This would imply a choice of front or all-wheel drive, as well as 64kWh or 78kWh batteries.

Volvo plans to enter the Indian EV market in 2022

Volvo recently updated its XC60, S90, and XC90 models, replacing their diesel engines with new mild-hybrid petrol engines. Volvo will also enter the luxury EV market next year with the introduction of the all-electric XC40 Recharge. The Recharge will be Volvo’s first electric vehicle for the Indian market, with the company expecting to release one additional electric vehicle each year.

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