Currently reading: Entry-level SUVs on the way from Volvo and Polestar
Small SUVs will rival the Mercedes-Benz EQA

After the launch of the XC90 successor and the 3, Volvo and Polestar will each turn their attention to introducing new entry-level electric SUVs in the coming years.

Volvo is understood to be working on a premium-oriented compact crossover in the vein of the Mercedes-Benz EQA and DS 3 Crossback E-Tense. The model will play a key role in the brand’s ambition for EVs to account for 50% of its global sales by 2025. Previously tipped to take either the XC20 or C20 moniker into production, it has now been confirmed to follow the XC90 replacement in adopting a new name and, like that car, will sit high off the ground but feature a streamlined silhouette to maximise efficiency. 

It will be the first Volvo model to sit on Geely’s new ‘open-source’ SEA platform, as first used for the new 001 shooting brake from nascent Chinese premium brand Zeekr (above). That car, which is set to be offered globally from next year, comes with either an 86kWh or 100kWh battery for a maximum range of 435 miles, hinting at the long-range potential of any platform-sharing Volvo model.

Notably, Zeekr claims it can charge at speeds of up to 360kW, which allows for 75 miles of range to be added in just five minutes. However, the 001’s 536bhp twin-motor drivetrain is likely to remain the preserve of performance-focused models. 

Other headline features of the SEA architecture include its automatically lowering suspension, facial recognition functionality and ‘full-life’ over-the-air update compatibility. 

Polestar’s second SUV, due in 2023, will sit between the 2 and 3 in terms of size and feature similarly rakish proportions to the flagship model but it will be positioned as a more mass-market proposition. It will sit lower to the ground than the 3 and even has a more heavily curved roofline, but Polestar boss Thomas Ingenlath said it will not “compromise much” on interior space. 

Its size and positioning (Polestar has hinted at a price of around £41,000) suggest it will be closely related to Volvo’s existing C40 Recharge and, as such, could use the same CMA architecture as that car and its 2 stablemate. This would mean the option of front and all-wheel drive, and a choice of either 64kWh or 78kWh batteries.

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skikid 7 December 2021

That Polestar looks like a Porche to me, think I would need to get a Porche badge for one ,who would guess.

scotty5 6 December 2021

Odd choice of name. When I hear entry level I have an image of a car with steel wheels, with the 5" radio without DAB, with wyndy-up windows and you can have it in any colour you like as long as it's solid red.

Seems under the new norm, entry level starts from £41k !

I really fear for the future of car production because the prices being talked about are insane. 

 

Nickktod 6 December 2021

Manufacturers are enjoying their moment of pricing power due the chip shortage, however when this resolves (and as huge further manufacturing capacity from China comes on line) they are in for a hell of a shock as we see greater over capacity than ever before. List prices are pretty meaningless anyway when the vast majority of new cars are sold on structured finance/leases etc. where the bottom line is how much it costs over the 2-5 years of the agreement.

jason_recliner 7 December 2021
scotty5 wrote:

Odd choice of name. When I hear entry level I have an image of a car with steel wheels, with the 5" radio without DAB, with wyndy-up windows and you can have it in any colour you like as long as it's solid red.

Seems under the new norm, entry level starts from £41k !

I really fear for the future of car production because the prices being talked about are insane. 

 

 

There's been crazy money added to the economy the last couple years so some of us have a lot of money to spend on things. Hence inflation.

scrap 6 December 2021

So the 'entry level' platform has a bigger battery and more power than the cars above it in the line up? Ok then...

Mind you, apparently the successor to the Elise will have close to 500bhp, so Geely have previous here.

Are small, light, ingenious cars really gone for good?

The Apprentice 7 December 2021
I think the bigger battery and power was the premium models, the entry ones will use same chassis as premium but have weedy batteries and motors. Lets face it, entry these days means low real world range and still 45k with vital options.