A Volvo Cars executive says the brand’s move towards an entirely electrified next-generation XC90 range will effectively “reflect the market demand”.

Alexander Petrofski, vice-president for Volvo’s large (90 series) cars division, suggested to CARmag.co.za the Swedish firm did not think potential buyers of the upcoming third-generation XC90 would be put off by the lack of pure combustion engine options.

“We have a clear strategy that all future cars will be available as fully electric. We believe that this will reflect the market demand by the time we launch the new XC90,” he told us.

“For markets where the transition towards full electrification may be slower, the XC90 will be available with hybrid powertrains,” Petrofski confirmed.

While Volvo Cars has yet to confirm timing, the launch of the third iteration of the XC90 will likely take place in 2022, with the flagship model running on the Gothenburg-based firm’s updated SPA underpinnings.

Expect a fully electric derivative, a plug-in hybrid option and perhaps a mild-hybrid offering. Don’t, however, expect a diesel engine (electrified or not) to feature in the range.