Volvo has given the world an idea of what its next-generation XC90 might look like. Make that four ideas. The Swedish automaker has released a volley of design sketches that portray the variety of directions that the company could take with the popular crossover once it goes under the knife. The model has soldiered on with precious few changes since 2002, which means that it's high time for a makeover. Reports suggest that the next interpretation of the Swedish softroader will bow in 2014, and when it does, it will likely come riding on Volvo's so-called Scalable Platform Architecture.

Odds are we can say goodbye to torque-happy inline five-cylinder engine options, too. Volvo has already made it clear that the company will only offer forced-induction four-cylinder engines (or smaller) moving forward, and Car and Driver has indicated that a hybrid version may bow in the near future as well. What else do we know about the XC90 successor? Not much beyond the four sketches in our gallery, but they do look like something interesting is in store.


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      P.Z. Dawkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm really liking the direction Volvo seems to be moving in regard to future front end designs. Very Swedish.
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like this design, really refreshing in a breath mint sort of way. Volvo needs to move on from their early 90 design.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets hope it doesnt loose the Volvo signiture beltline "shelf" to that big swoop in the back. that shelf for Volvo is the same as the Hofmeister kink for BMW
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      The first one does indeed look like a failed Durango-Lincoln crossbreeding experiment. Absolutely love the last one: elegant and clean like the outgoing Volvo design language before they tried to introduce trendy shoulder waves in the new S60. Enough with wavy shoulders and other unnecessary "organic" or "muscular" curves. They look like fat, not muscles, on anything other than a low sports car. Neither those metal machines "organically" and "sustainably" grow on trees. I hope Peter Horbury comes to his senses and stops experimenting. Just evolve already perfect mod-2000 design language.
      CruzControl
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the new front end a lot. I see it borrowed a few cues from the Universe concept a few months back. I like the second rear image as well, versus the 1 and 3.
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CruzControl
        I agree on the 2nd rear design too. If they can implement it close to what it looks here that will be one of a kind. (and we might see it in CRV 2017 too!)
      undeadMonkey93
      • 3 Years Ago
      Their future design language looks a little hit and miss to me. The front end of the Universe concept was slab sided round the front end and had that bizarre bulge in the bonnet. The You concept was a little better, and had a nice side profile. These sketches look good too but I'll wait till I see a concept to judge properly.
      Teko
      • 3 Years Ago
      This concept sketch tells is nothing other than the plan to keep the tail light idea. None of the basic idea/shape of this sketch would would ever make a production model.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Strong design. I like it. I get a kind of VW feeling from it.
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Perhaps I should replace "strong" with "visually appealing". I am not designer and am in no position to determine what would be considered "strong". LUKS PURRTY TUH MUH EYEZ THO.
      The Friendly Grizzly
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hyundai-KIA called. They want their Soul back.
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Friendly Grizzly
        Hmmm; I did not know AB has blind readers. Really, what does this (good or bad) have in common with a Soul? 4 wheels and a windshield?
        ryanandrewmartin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Friendly Grizzly
        Huh?
      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like volvo has officially been taken over by the chinese. Who else would make such a turd of a design?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
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          IBx27
          • 3 Years Ago
          Now that we know your taste in cars, everything you say can be held as irrelevant.
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is pretty bad, but I suppose most replacements for the monstrous present XC90 would be an improvement. I see so many of those things being driven by ladies who have no idea of where their fenders or extremities are.
      Soccer Mom
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is horrible.
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