The Swedish carmaker announced the new 2021 Volvo XC90 will arrive as an all-new SUV. However, further details are yet to be released. After six months, we still can’t find out what are Volvo’s plans. An all-electric model is one of the most frequent rumors. But, the carmaker will make it clear later this year. The premiere of the XC90 will probably happen in Detroit. The new generation of the premium SUV deserves the big stage for the first appearance.
The electric 2021 Volvo XC90 will be another step in evolution since the current model is already offering a plug-in hybrid setup. A couple of turbocharged setups will be there again, as T5 and T6. Well, the new platform is capable of taking these engines. The SPA2 underpins the upcoming SUV.
Electric Engines are Coming for 2021 Volvo XC90
The company made this clear. The next-gen SUV is going to be all-electric. We could assume that after the latest generation was running on the plug-in hybrid system, also called T8. Details about the all-electric drivetrain are not available yet, but the new platform is going to support the hybridization of other engines.
Hakan Samuelson, the company’s CEO, confirmed all these stories. The year of production is 2021, but we still don’t have precise info about the release date. The base versions could arrive first and then the EV in a couple of months. The electric range will be on par with main rivals, Tesla Model Y and Jaguar E-Pace. With 300 miles in a single charge, the XC90 will be capable to respond to all requirements of this market.
Level 4 Autonomous Drive
That’s not all for the upcoming 2021 Volvo XC90. The electric drivetrain is going to bring more upgrades in other segments. Samuelson also promised Level 4 of autonomous drive. This means a minimum intervention is going to be required by the driver. The carmaker is not reporting about the development and we still can’t see the vehicles using any kind of advanced self-driving features. Well, when it became official, it is just a matter of time when it is going to happen.
2021 Volvo XC90 T5 and T6 Specs
The 2021 Volvo XC90 will go all-electric, but the base configuration will keep a petrol engine as the standard source of power. In the future, we might see a green SUV only. Until then, a 2.0-liter turbo engine is capable of making 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. That is the T5 configuration with both front- and all-wheel drive available. Combined, the SUV returns 25 mpg.
If you opt for the T6 setup, the same 2.0 engine is getting a supercharger to squeeze more power. This one is coming out with 320 horsepower and 300 lb-ft. All-wheel drive is the only configuration, but extra power consumes more fuel. The T6 can’t do better than 22 mpg.
If the gas mileage is the most important, then the plug-in hybrid is the best choice. This all-wheel driven SUV can return 27 mpg. The outputs are not dropping, since the T8 makes 400 hp and 470 lb-ft combined from the petrol unit and electric battery. Furthermore, the vehicle is able to run by using only electric power. But, the true EV will make 250-300 miles in a single charge, while the plug-in configuration is good for 20 miles.
2021 Volvo XC90 Redesign
Sooner or later, the SUV will get the new drivetrain. But, in 2021 we also expect a big redesign which will introduce a new look. The premium model is already one of the most stylish in the segment. The new architecture is going to underpin the new version. Still, the 2021 Volvo XC90 will keep its size and position in the mid-size segment. It might be a bit longer, which will provide more space inside the cabin.
The front fascia will suffer the most changes and the new set of wheels could help in lifting the XC90. That is going to make the SUV more capable of off-roading but also requires further upgrades to protect the body and passengers.
The SUV is a three-row vehicle with seven seating spots. Buyers will have three trim levels to choose from. Momentum and R-Design will be available with all engines, while the Inscription is a high-end package with Nappa leather, ventilated seats, and premium audio. Still, the base Momentum bundle is worth of luxury prefix. In the case of XC90, this one will be ready to respond to the needs of the average buyers with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 12-inch touchscreen display.
2021 Volvo XC90 Release Date
The new 2021 Volvo XC90 is popular worldwide. One thing is sure – the company will bring its model at one of the biggest shows. We believe the Swedish carmaker will do it in Europe, rather than the US. Detroit and NAIAS are going to be under the spotlight with a lot of debuts, which leaves less room for the XC90.