There's not a whole lot of life left in the current Volvo XC90, but it seems a replacement is on the way. According to What Car?, Volvo will launch its new flagship crossover sometime in 2014, riding on an all new platform that will eventually underpin several models in the company's range.

According to Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson, this new architecture will eventually underpin the next-generation S60, V70, S80 and XC60, all of which will be getting mid-cycle enhancements over the next year. In speaking to What Car?, Samuelsson said that Volvo would not try to follow the paths set by BMW and Mercedes-Benz, instead focusing on "safety, elegant design and user-friendly functionality" for its next round of new cars.

The new XC90 will remain a seven-passenger vehicle and will be powered by a range of four-cylinder engines. Volvo will soon be dropping the five- and six-cylinder powertrains from its lineup.

This whole new model offensive will start with the XC90 at the end of 2014. Until then, we have the delightfully refreshed 2013 model to tide us over.


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      bond0007
      • 2 Years Ago
      volvo was the first and early manufactures to have a small engine with turbo charge. And look at now most cars today are going with small engines with turbo. Just like volvo have been doing for ages. I just think they need a good design. Like the New V40 in europe is just stunning. I bet they will have some exciting features. Plus you cant go wrong with volvo safety.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still great looking and amazing to drive. The insides need refreshed badly. Hopefully the new one will be as awesome and classy as this iteration has been. Godspeed XC90.
        _I_I_II_I_I_
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick
        Agree it's still relevant looking, but I never loved driving mine. It always felt like what it was a tall, heavy body perched on top of the S80 chassis. Great freeway cruiser but poor around-town driving dynamics. I was happy to get rid of it when I did-- believe it or not my Honda Odyssey is a MUCH better driver in all situations.
      munkymonkjr
      • 2 Years Ago
      While I am happy for a new XC90 and refreshes across the line, I am sad to see the T5 engine go. It has been a brilliant little engine for many moons. It is easily something they could have dropped (in Polestar form) into just about anything in the lineup.
      Donald Sanver
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still love my XC90. A great smooth drive even in mid Tokyo and smooth on the highway. The still has aged well and still looks elegant. No plans to change.
      dee8817
      • 2 Years Ago
      Finally! Even though I still like the current design. The interior is old and hopefully there will be turbo four-cylinders for the new Volvos
      icerabbit
      • 2 Years Ago
      XC90 at the end of 2014 and no word on the XC70 - so 2015? - is sad news really for Volvo enthusiasts that have been waiting for those models to be updated.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icerabbit
        We own 2 Volvos, so I consider myself a Volvo enthusiast. I feel the XC70 is a great vehicle, so I'm not really worried about an update to it. Personally, I'd rather see the V40 or V60 here than holding my breath for a XC70 update.
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good thing, the Jeep Grand Cherokee didn't know what to copy for the next version.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      >no more inline-6 Goodnight, sweet prince.
        _I_I_II_I_I_
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        inline 6s rule
        SalihAhzem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carguy1701
        Also, my condolences to the mighty Modular I5. What a reliable and unique sounding motor. At least it will be around for 2 or 3 year more.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a good looking CUV. Still classy after all, all, all of these years.
      Sandis Grantins
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes, it's definitely time for a new XC90. But one has to recognise how great, almost classic this original design is. It has aged so well and the current XC90 still looks great.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Subaru has poached Volvo's marketshare in recent years.Their range of safe, practical, upright family wagons broadly overlap with Volvo's traditional market. And their AWD system is simply better than Volvo's Haldex systems. Now Volvo has to play catch-up from behind.
      PACMK02
      • 2 Years Ago
      4 Cyl flagship crossover??? Dropping the 5 and 6 cyl powertrains??? Bah!!! Volvo is going down in the US. I don't think that strategy will work in America. It's a shame since they used to be good vehicles. May be they're now considering China as their main market, that's the only way they'll be able to save the brand. Otherwise prepare to accompany Saab in car heaven.
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