As fuel prices rise and greenhouse gases poke holes in the ozone, big, gas-guzzling sports utility vehicles are becoming less popular as smaller, cleaner vehicles, such as crossovers, gain market share. Volvo is late to the small crossover party, though it wants to build the XC40 crossover to compete with the Land Rover Evoque. The only problem with that, Autocar reports, is that a suitable (read: small enough) platform for it is up to five years away, despite a hopeful photos of it in testing guise.

Volvo is currently developing a new platform, called SPA (Scaleable Platform Architecture), to underpin its next-generation of vehicles, such as the 2014 XC60 pictured above and the S60 sedan, which is likely the smallest vehicle that would be able to use the new platform. Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be a quick fix for the gaping hole in Volvo's lineup, and Geely, the Chinese budget car manufacturer that owns Volvo, is reportedly preparing to launch a mid-market brand that may or may not be sold outside of China.

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      lpattis
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about a V40 with an AWD option for those few Americans that want a sensible Euro-style small wagon...? I'd likely prefer a V60 wagon w/AWD, but the V40 has looked pretty sharp in earlier photos...
      Jamie Houk
      • 1 Year Ago
      To state the obvious it sounds like Volvo needs a new product planning manager.
      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 1 Year Ago
      All current volvos are quite nice but in the past couple of years the prices gone over the roof
      macdoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are no Green House Gases poking any holes in the OZONE. Stop perpetuating the LIE!
      mnelson4996
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am sorry but there are holes all through this article. Volvo has confirmed that the ONLY changes to the new 2014 60,70 and 80 models are only new features and a facelift, no changes to the chassis which means no SPA platform. Many people would already say that the XC60 does classify as a crossover and if it did not Volvo do already offer a v40 cross country, although AWD is available only on the T5 engine, but most crossover owners go across a muddy paddock at the most, something a fwd drive car having weight over the front wheels and traction control would manage fine.
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      What about the V40 platform? Its basically a modified Ford Focus. Some extra safety and high strength steel to lighten it should get them through the next 5 years.
        jessesrq
        • 1 Year Ago
        @herrstreet
        You cut to the heart of Volvo's problem: using old platforms to get by rather than developing new products.
          GFB
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jessesrq
          That is Ford's problem also with the added dilemma of using the same old platforms for two different marques, Ford and Lincoln.
          CH
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jessesrq
          You wrote that after reading and an article stating that Volvo is developing a new platform, SPA, for the next generation of vehicles S60 and larger, and that the next generation of smaller vehicles will be built on a new small-car platform that's also under development? The upshot is that Volvo will not be launching new products on the current platforms.
      The Jeepist
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want a Volvo XC100. Because off road car.
      CH
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "hopeful photos of it in testing guise" are actually of the V40 XC (Cross Country) which is already on sale in Europe and elsewhere. While Volvo probably wants a small crossover that's more similar in vein to the XC60 rather than the XC70, there are no plans to produce one or any other new Volvo on the "legacy" Ford platforms. The reasons relate more to licensing, a desire for independence and long-term strategic considerations rather than immediate engineering concerns. After all, the latest generation (2013 -) Ford Ford Kuga crossover is built on the C1 platform that underpins the V40.
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