Despite just having refreshed nearly its entire portfolio, Volvo is still in the middle of a big product offensive. Vehicles like the C30 hatchback and C70 convertible have been given the axe, but a brand-new platform is being developed in addition to the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) that will underpin larger vehicles. According to Automobile, this means some very interesting newcomers may be on tap for the brand.

Volvo, in collaboration with Geely, is said to be working on a new platform about the size of a Volkswagen Golf that will likely spawn both a sedan and hatchback. Automobile reports that while the automaker's new scalable architecture is quite flexible, it cannot be stretched (or rather, shrunk) to accommodate a smaller vehicle.

Instead, SPA will be used for the company's larger offerings, starting with the V40 on the small end. (Though to our eyes, the current V40 looks plenty Golf-sized to us.) A new XC40 is apparently in the works, as is an S90 flagship, and new versions of the XC60, XC90 and S60 will all be coming based on this new flexible architecture.

The magazine states that the most interesting part of the whole puzzle is Volvo's hope to create a "breathtaking" C60 two-plus-two coupe. Not many details have been given, but MT says that after seeing some photos of early clay models, the C60 is "definitely a new Volvo worth waiting for."


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      IceDree
      • 1 Year Ago
      They already had a Golf Rival ... It was called the C30 , but they killed it because "It Didn't Fit The Brand's Image" . Also , I wouldn't describe a Volvo as a "Breathtaking" , "Safe" Yes ! "Nice" maybe , but I wouldn't say "Breathtaking" ! That's pushing it !
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can\'t just keep coming out with new nameplates and expect it to succeed. In fact, all succussful nameplates have gone thru multiple generations and are well known among consumers. C30 would have been a golf rival if it starts for less than 20k.
      zanarditypes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Swoopy, timeless P1800 breathtaking? Anyway, that naming wouldn't make any sense. C60 seems like it would be a coupe version of the S60, which is nowhere near Golf territory.
      suirzes
      • 1 Year Ago
      HELL YEAH. C60. waiting for it.
      jasondonogh
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is great news. I sincerely hope to see many new models from Volvo, hopefully not watered down Chinese versions, but real Swede models like the good old days. I am willing to see this one through. \ PS I miss the old Saab Swedish designs from before GM.
      Lukas H
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great news!! Last designs are really handsome and sporty!! Looking forward to new no ford volvos....should get better transmissions....platforms and engines.
        Tj Sean Smit
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lukas H
        Personally I'd like to see them keep their 5-cylinder engines, and bring back their V8.
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Years ago it could be argued that Volvo provided a value proposition based on "Safety" and "Utility" Now: I have a tough time understanding Volvo's value proposition against other premium (BMW/MB) and non-premium (VW/Ford) vehicles. e.g. why buy a Volvo C60 for a premium over a Ford Fusion or a VW Passat?
        Alex740
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Well after seeing the new IIHS off set crash tests with the XC60 and S60 compared to the other luxury brands, Volvo is still the safety leader
        jessesrq
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        For the seats perhaps? They are the best in the business but beyond that I have no idea. The interior design and materials are a cut above today's family sedans, but the infotainment is a generation behind.
      Johnny Trailerpark
      • 1 Year Ago
      We'll see. "Breathtaking" and "Volvo" haven't gone together in 50 years.
        HanesUnderWear
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Johnny Trailerpark
        Having Trailerpark as your moniker a 1977 Crown Vic is beathtaking to you so I think you comment can be taken with a grain of salt.
      DanDaMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like Bimmers and Mercs as much as the next guy but what makes Volvo special is that you can't mistake it for anything else -- especially their sexy taillight designs which look amazing at night... Can't wait to see the new models.
      SethG
      • 1 Year Ago
      The XC90 is one of the older cars on the road, particularly in it's class. It needs an overhaul and fast. One of it's biggest shortcomings is relatively cramped 3rd row. How will this be addressed using a platform that starts off the size of a Golf?
        Brewman15
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SethG
        uh, it won\'t. It will be re-designed on the new SPA platform, as stated in the article.
          Mason
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Brewman15
          And in the article the writer said that he thought the V40 (where SPA starts) already looked Golf sized to him.
      MistyGreen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Get rid of that stupid number pad, and this will be interesting!
      Jay
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chinese junk if you ask me. It will break down after 2 months ad what you will have on your hands is a lemon.
        aeheywood
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jay
        Don't kid yourself. The Chinese are not stupid. What they are after is imporoving their quality image in the West and, like Tata with Jaguar/Land Rover, will basically leave Volvo to do their own thing.
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