The current, long-serving Volvo XC90 might not be going away as soon as we thought – at least not in China. According to word from CarNewsChina, the crossover's production will be moved to Daqing, China, in December and from that point on, be built at Geely's factory. The only available engine will be a 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder.

According to the report, the present XC90 and the imminent next-generation model will both be sold in the market, but the Chinese-made vehicle will be positioned as a cheaper alternative. Geely will also develop a crossover of its own from the platform that should be ready in late 2015.

Volvo plans to launch the new XC90 later this year to replace the aging model, which has been on the market for over a decade. It will ride on the company's new Scaleable Product Architecture platform and will be powered by the automaker's new Drive-E four-cylinder engine family. Hybrid versions will also be available.

Autoblog reached out to Laura Venezia, Corporate Communications Manager for Volvo Cars North America, and was told in an emailed statement: "We cannot comment on any specific future plans for China. We have recently started production of the extended S60L sedan in Chengdu, China, and we will add another model in that plant later this year."


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      Alex740
      • 9 Months Ago
      As others have said, the XC90 really has aged very well. It's the perfect size for most SUV buyers, it's rugged and confident without appearing like it's overcompensating and it even got the IIHS's Top Safety + award recently which even some brand new designs can't do. Much as the Volvo wagons of the 80s & 90s became iconic in their own way, I think the XC90 will find it's place as a symbol of the family SUV. Plus Jeremy Clarkson has owned 2 and is still talking about it on the current season as being a fantastic vehicle.
      EvilTollMan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Truly a classic design. It amazes me that after 12 years?? Is that right? That this car still turns my head when I see one.
      pickles
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is the kind of design so many other companies can't master. At the onset, design for timelessness. Don't embellish with cheesy 'swage lines' that defy function. Don't add ventiports on a car that doesn't need them. Just make a car look great. Simple. This design could be released today and it would be heralded as the most modern SUV out today.
      sp33dklz
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why not, they'll buy anything.
      Stang70Fastback
      • 9 Months Ago
      I agree with everyone below. This is a fantastic piece of design.
      johnnythemoney
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's good looking, it's still extremely safe even in modern tests. If it wasn't for the fact we just can't live with 10 years old stuff any more (so much for people complaining about cars not lasting as much as they used to...), a new set of engines could be installed, and a new interior implemented. I never liked SUVs, but I also always had a soft spot for the XC90.
      Basil Exposition
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looking at it now I get the feeling the XC90 has the potential to become a future classic.
        Justin Shaw
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        I only wish they would have released an XC90R, or XC90 Polestar. It has aged so gracefully when compared to the German opposition.
        Justin Shaw
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        I only wish they would have released an XC90R, or XC90 Polestar. It has aged so gracefully when compared to the German opposition.
        Justin Shaw
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        I only wish they would have released an XC90R, or XC90 Polestar. It has aged so gracefully when compared to the German opposition.
      aruca2526
      • 9 Months Ago
      Honestly, despite its old age the XC90's styling still looks very sharp, especially when compared to competitors like the Q7, X5, and MDX. Its weak engine and dated interior features are obviously another story. I hope the redesigned XC90 doesn't loose its distinctive styling for the blander looks thats infecting the luxury crossover class.
        jessesrq
        • 9 Months Ago
        @aruca2526
        Part of the reason the old XC90 still looks good - and I agree it is a good design - is that there is not a new XC90 with which you can make a visual comparison. A lot of old designs look good, but subconsciously become dated once we see their replacements, simply because our minds cannot unlearn the image of the newer design in the context of the older. The same psychology is universal across product design and merchandising.
        Hernan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @aruca2526
        I'm currently informally shopping in the class (to buy in the next 6-12 months), and I have to disagree. I thought the new X5 diesel looked great in person (I know it looks weird in pictures), the Range Rover Sport too (but the trunk is SMALL), the Mercedes GL bluetec looked sharp as well. Then there are some cars that are in dire need of a new model (not just refreshes) like the LR4 and the Q7 which are both OLD designs at this point. The LR4 still tugs at my heartstrings but the tech is not up to snuff, particularly on the active safety front (no radar cruise and traffic jam assist, pre-collision, auto-braking, lane keep, etc.) and sluggish infotainment system.
          Hernan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Hernan
          Oh and to clarify, I agree with you that the XC90 still looks amazing, just not that other SUVs look bad.
      EvilTollMan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Truly a classic design. It amazes me that after 12 years?? Is that right? That this car still turns my head when I see one.
      Level4
      • 9 Months Ago
      it's old but one thing is for sure it will prob be the safest SUV in China lol
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