New Volvo XC100 coming as coupé-style flagship, suggests fresh report

A fresh report out of the United States suggests Volvo plans to launch a new, coupé-style flagship crossover wearing the XC100 badge.

According to Motor Trend, the Swedish firm will reveal the all-electric XC100 Recharge in 2023, about a year after the third-generation XC90 is expected to make its debut.

The publication claims the XC100 will be positioned as a “branding statement”, featuring sleeker styling than the XC90 and a “more indulgent” cabin. Interestingly, the report suggests the newcomer will feature four rather than five (or seven) seats.

Like the next XC90, the coupé-style XC100 is expected to ride on Volvo’s upcoming SPA2 platform, which can accommodate both hybrid and fully electric powertrains. As Motor Trend points out, the XC100 will likely feature an electric motor on each axle.

Volvo has already stated it aims to “establish itself as a leader in electrification”, and by 2025 wants half of its global sales volume to consist of fully electric cars, with the rest made up by hybrids.

What the rumoured new XC100 will look like remains to be seen but Robin Page, senior vice-president for design at Volvo, recently told the brand’s shift towards electric cars represented “an opportunity to look at an even more modern and fresh expression of our cars, especially when it comes to the front end”.

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