Volvo has unveiled a new Concept Recharge that previews the forthcoming electric-only XC90 successor that will spearhead its next generation of cars.
The Swedish firm currently has two electric cars in its line-up, the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge, but both are built on the multi-powertrain CMA platform. The firm will launch the XC90 successor as its first electric-only car built on a new platform next year, and will become an EV-only brand by 2030.
Notably, Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson has revealed that the forthcoming large SUV, which will be closely related to the Polestar 3, won't carry the XC90 title, but will carry a new nameplate to signify its role in leading the next-generation of EV-only Volvo.
"It will be the new Volvo flagship SUV but it’s really the first of its kind and will be followed by a lot of cars based on the same architecture," said Samuelsson. "We will mark that by deviating from the normal way of giving our cars names with XC for an SUV and so on. To mark that this next generation kind this car will also have a name, like a child."
Samuelsson would not divulge the name, which he said would be revealed closer to the car's launch.
Volvo has teased the new model with the new Concept Recharge SUV, which design chief Robin Page said represented “a manifesto for the all-electric future of Volvo Cars, as well as a new type of vehicle.” He added: “It displays new and modern proportions that go hand in hand with increased versatility and shows what technology can enable in terms of design.”
The Concept Recharge is designed to showcase how Volvo design will change for pure electric cars, and is built on a ‘less but better’ philosophy that Volvo says it an extension of its Scandinavian design heritage.
As with other bespoke EVs, the machine features an entirely flat floor, with the batteries built into the base of the car. There are also short overhangs at front and rear due to the lack of a combustion engine, and an extended wheelbase. The concept features backwards-opening rear doors, although it it unknown if these will be used on the eventual production version.