Volvo On Last Generation Of Combustion Engines, Only Electric After


Volvo just can’t wait to go electric.

Volvo branded charging station

We already know some details about Volvo’s future plans. The Swedish company is going to reveal the next generation S60 this summer, while the recently unveiled V60 will be soon joined by a Cross Country version. In general, the company will develop more powerful and efficient hybrid powertrains, until it eventually moves entirely to electric power at some point.

This is not a surprise, of course, but we are surprised to hear Volvo’s current generation of turbocharged internal combustion engines is its last. This fact was revealed by Hakan Samuelsson, the brand’s CEO, during the presentation of the new V60 wagon in Stockholm, Sweden.

As shocking as this statement sounds, don’t expect future Volvos to lose their gas engines in the next at least seven years. A new generation of the SPA architecture is planned for 2021, but it will continue to use the current generation ICEs, albeit heavily modified.

Speaking of the new platform, it will continue to rely on Swedish steel and to prioritize on safety. It will remain relatively heavy, but will be significantly lighter than today’s underpinnings.

The good news is Volvo’s beautiful wagons are here to stay and will continue to play a major role in the marque’s lineup, despite its shift towards SUV models. However, niche vehicles, like shooting brakes, coupes, or pickups are not in the cards. These will be developed and launched by Polestar, now a standalone brand under Volvo’s umbrella.

Related – Volvo V60 T6/T8 Twin Engine PHEV Shines In Geneva

In other related news, Volvo will switch to Android-based infotainment systems next year. The new software will bring cool Google-based applications and improved menus. Also, the new V60 will be offered with the new Car by Volvo subscription program, which has already gained the company 1,000 global orders. Pricing for the new vehicle will be announced soon.

Source: Road and Track

Category: Volvo


20 responses to "Volvo On Last Generation Of Combustion Engines, Only Electric After"
  1. ffbj says:

    They were bought by the Chinese, so not really a Swedish company anymore.

    1. Clive says:

      That is true, and that is clearly a Clippercreek EVSE rebranded.

    2. Live in Europe says:

      Still made in Sweden and europe with swedish shareholders too

    3. Liope says:

      HQ in Sweden

    4. Mikael says:

      It’s really a Swedish company in any way you can think of from registration to headquarters to development, engineers, main production facility and company values. The owners are mostly Chinese but that is a whole different thing.

      Most companies has owners from all over the world, that is not a defining factor.

    5. mxs says:

      For crying out loud how many people feel a need to repeat this no-news fact? Lets hope we will not see it again when next Volvo article comes out.

  2. Clive says:

    I am not sure I could ever buy another Volvo but I like them admitting that is time to change in a better direction.

  3. SJC says:

    Volvo said they would electrify all models not make them all electric. People don’t listen, distort then repeat.

    1. scott franco says:

      “In general, the company will develop more powerful and efficient HYBRID powertrains, until it eventually moves entirely to electric power at some point.”

      1. SJC says:

        At some point tRump was going to show his taxes.

      2. SJC says:

        “..comprehensive electrification strategies in which plug-in hybrids will be introduced across the entire range.”

      3. SJC says:

        “There will still be gas engines involved, but there won’t be a single new model without some degree of electrification.”

  4. Goaterguy says:

    Wasn’t a similar article posted a few weeks ago?

    1. G2 says:

      Last fall…

  5. James says:


  6. Lktr says:

    Good move

  7. przemo_li says:

    They where bought by Chineese. China demand electric cars. Add two plus two, and it was obvious that Volvo will be one of the few big label manufacturers willing to dive into electrics sooner rather then letter.

  8. Brian Marsh says:

    Volvo’s purchase by a Geely, a Chinese investment company who also owns a domestic Chinese auto maker, was the best thing to ever happen to the company. They left Volvo in Sweden and have put over $11 Billion into the company they bought from Ford for 1.2 Billion in 2010. With 200 Full time engineers doing R&D in Gothenburg Sweden it has become the Silicon Valley of Scandinavia. The little Swedish manufacturer known for safety is now pumping out some of the sexiest and most technologically advanced cars in the world (not to mention a significant increase in safety for the reigning safety champion). Volvo’s move towards electrification and eventually fully electric cars is just a further implication that they are becoming the more practical Tesla; using cutting edge technology with a focus on the people who drive their cars.

  9. Steve Miller says:

    I have loved my XC 60 with an internal combustion engine. Just wondering if there will be a long learning curve with the hybrids and the all electric models of the future

    1. mxs says:

      What do you mean long learning curve? For you as an end user, or for them as a manufacturer?

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