Volvo is on track to unveil its flagship electric XC90 later this year

The electric successor to the Volvo XC90 SUV is still on track to be revealed in the last quarter of 2022, according to Volvo Cars CEO Jim Rowan.

Expected to be Volvo’s new flagship SUV, the successor to the XC90 will take a physical name, rather than just another alphanumeric designation, and recent filings from Volvo suggest it will be called the Volvo Impla.

Despite massive supply chain disruptions that have bypassed the global auto industry, Volvo remains confident that it will be in a position to unveil its all-new SUV by the end of this year.

“We are very much on the right track,” said Volvo CEO Jim Rowan. Autocar. “We made a commitment that we will release a certain number of vehicles each year and will make a decision on when that will be released, but the fourth quarter of this year is when we will release more details about this product.

“It is a very exciting time for us because it takes us to another field – it is another building block towards the future. This model in itself is a very important vehicle for us.”

While we’ll have to wait for the full reveal in the last quarter of 2022, we already have a hint of what the electric successor to the XC90 will look like thanks to the unveiling of the Volvo Concept Recharge in 2021.

Volvo launched the Concept Recharge in mid-2021 as an influence on the design of the brand’s all-new SUV models. Massive in design, yet offering significantly more interior space, the successor to the XC90 is Volvo’s first electric car built on a new electric-only technology platform, the SPA2 platform.

The likely ‘Embla’ isn’t Volvo’s first electric car, as it has already revealed the Volvo XC40 Recharge – which is on sale in Australia – and the coupe-powered Volvo C40 Recharge. Both are built on the same CMA platform as the conventional fuel XC40.

The electric XC90 is a big stepping stone for the company as it launches its SPA2 architecture, which will offer two unique floor plans, one for hybrid models and a flat floor version for pure electric models.

“The Recharge of our concept is a statement of the all-electric future for Volvo Cars, as well as a new type of vehicle,” said Robin Page, Head of Design, speaking in mid-2021.

The new flagship SUV is also expected to boast state-of-the-art standard LiDAR technology to be powered by a “supercomputer” for autonomous driving and will be built at the same South Carolina plant that builds the Polestar 3.

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