• Oct 24th 2006 at 9:02AM
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Volvo's new rival for the BMW X3 is apparently getting close to production. The new Volvo XC50 should reach dealers around the same time as another new Euro rival, the Audi Q5. Looks like there are going to be a lot of good competitors in the premium mini-ute segment. The XC50 will most likely be built on the C1 chassis underpinning the Euro Focus, Mazda3, Volvo S40 and V50. Engines should be similar to the V50's, minus the smaller ones. We're probably going to see gas engines ranging from 145 to 220hp, and perhaps the new diesel D5 unit putting out 180hp.

The Volvo XC50 will look like a mini-me version of the larger XC90. Not a copy, but similar. Infomotori sources are saying that the platform is the same as the V50, with a strong family resemblance to the new Volvo C30. It is also expected to share much with the next-generation Land Rover Freelander/LR3, including its trick AWD system.

Although only labeled a concept at this point, the car should be unveiled at the NAIAS in Detroit in January and go on sale as early as Spring 2008. Expected to be approximately the same size as the Toyota RAV4, it will compete a bit further upscale with the likes of the Lexus RX, BMW X3 and new Acura RDX.

[Source: InfoMotori]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with #5. In my opinion, Volvo is turning a corner and moving towards being a car that is "cool to be seen in" and actually may start getting more of the younger demographic appeal. I like the C30 and if they can carry over some of that into a mini-ute, then I'd be very interested to see it.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Hell, they all look alike anyway...
      • 8 Years Ago
      yes, those are the rims for the Honda Element SE concept
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree it looks like a rip-off the Ford Edge which is a rip off of the Nissan Murano.
      • 8 Years Ago
      have you noticed this rendering is based on the Ford Edge with a Volvo nose tacked on....
      • 8 Years Ago
      damn it is a Ford Edge and Element rims.
      warren m
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good idea. I'd like to see a real picture instead of a poor chop.
      • 8 Years Ago
      agree to #1
      this one is just a chop job
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