Next-generation XC90 shown in technical drawings, powered by new range of Volvo engines and based on SPA platform
Darren Moss
29 August 2013

The next-generation Volvo XC90 has been previewed ahead of its launch in 2014.

The new XC90 is the first production model from Volvo to use the company's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will underpin future models from the S60 upwards. The platform has been seen for the first time on the Volvo Concept Coupé, which was unveiled this week and is expected to make its debut at the Frankfurt motor show next month.

The Concept Coupé previews much of Volvo's new design language, including the direction it will take with interiors. The new XC90 is expected to use a digitised dashboard as part of a move away from traditional button-operated interfaces to touchscreens.

These images, taken during a presentation on the firm's new design language hosted by Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath, preview the new Volvo front-end design set to be adopted by the XC90 and rolled out across the rest of the range.

From these images we can see just how adaptable the SPA platform will be for Volvo. Although the front bulkhead of the platform remains fixed, almost every other aspect is flexible to allow Volvo a greater amount of freedom in its design.

The XC90 will be powered by Volvo's new range of 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Drive-E petrol and diesel engines. Each will be mated to either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual gearbox.

Replacing the ageing XC90 is a priority for Volvo. With the original model now 11 years old, it has become one of the oldest cars still on sale today. 

It is likely that a production-ready XC90 will not be seen for some time, but we already know that at least two other Volvo concepts are being readied to provide further direction for the firm's new design aesthetics.

Click here for more Frankfurt motor show news.

Our Verdict

Volvo XC90 2003-2014

The Volvo XC90 is a big seven seat SUV in desperate need of modernisation, despite still having some strengths

Join the debate


29 August 2013

Friend of mine has just bought an 10 plate one. If this is a more up to date version of that, with better tech, better economy and more modern looks, it will do very well

30 August 2013

I think it's best sales year in the UK was 2010 or 2011, i.e. 8-9 years after it was launched.

In value terms the XC90 was Sweden's biggest export of all in 2005.

Would be great if they can produce as competitive a product this time around.

30 August 2013

Wow! Can't believe they are going to sell the new XC90 with a manual.
Excellent news!

30 August 2013

They only stopped selling a manual gearbox a few years back

30 August 2013

I think that if the next XC90 can maintain the family orientation of it's practicality that the current model if famed for and package it up in the looks teased above, then I think Volvo will be onto a winner with the XC90.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic