Volvo has outlined a radical future platform and engine plan after its break-away from Ford ownership. It includes a new modular platform that can underpin anything from a C30 to an S80 and a new range of highly efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
The new Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) will allow future Volvos to be up to 150kg lighter than the model they replace, with all models – regardless of size - being able to be built on the same production line due to their modularity. Chinese-owned Volvo claims SPA also allows for improved weight distribution and better driving dynamics, as well as incorporating a common electrical and safety architecture for all models.
The Volvo Environmental Architecture (VEA) direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel engines spells the end for five- and six-cylinder-engined Volvos. The Swedish firm says the new engines will produce less CO2 and offer up to 35 per cent better fuel economy than current like-for-like engines, with performance greater than current six-cylinder units.