The 2021 Volvo XC90 will introduce new hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. What’s more, the company confirmed the debut of the all-electric model. What form it will take, we will see, as well as the release date of the production version.

With more than a year before the debut, there is no too much further info. For example, we know that Volvo is working on the new version of the SPA platform, which underpins the latest generation of the mid-size SUV. Lighter architecture came with a focus on the compatibility with electric types of drivetrains. So, the ultimate goal is clear – more gasoline and diesel powertrains for the mid-size SUV, and first will arrive in 2021 Volvo XC90.

Hakan Samuelsson, one of the chiefs in the Swedish company, seemed to be pretty confident claiming the new SUV will get such sources of power. For example, he wrote off the chances of a hybrid S60 model.

So, we will see a few more revisits on the second-gen XC90 before the Volvo introduces the third series. First cosmetic changes we could see next year. The mid-size SUV is one of the best in the class. Motor 1 claims the electric drivetrain will also deliver a Level 4 of the autonomous drive system. This can cement XC90’s place at top of the luxury SUV class.

2021 Volvo XC90 redesign

Mechanical Updates

Currently, the XC90 offers plenty of options under the hood, but these depend on the market. For example, there are three different versions available in the USA, and all of them are based on the petrol engine. Buyers can choose between T5, T6, and T8. No diesel models are available, and the most popular version overseas is D5. The T8 is the current PHEV model with electric support. SPA2 architecture allows engineers to install such combinations on this SUV.

The 2021 Volvo XC90 will make another step. The T8 configuration will be replaced with the new, better one. We still don’t have precise data, but the current setup offers 400 hp and 472 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, some competitors developed similar drivetrains, so Volvo decides to make a new move. Now, the company will aim for higher outputs and better fuel economy.

A 2.0-liter petrol engine will serve as the base for a conventional hybrid model as well. We don’t know if this one will belong to the T5 or T6 setup, or it is getting a new name. It will be a lighter and less expensive version than the PHEV. On the other hand, it cannot offer the same level of power and MPG.

2021 Volvo XC90 t8 phev
Current T8 plug-in hybrid

2021 Volvo XC90 Electric

Finally, there is an all-electric 2021 Volvo XC90 on the way. Our sources are still lacking details on this model, but be sure this one is going to be a state of art. The T8 is already impressive, and the upcoming EV can make another step in the automotive industry. Well, it is not the first one on the market, with Tesla Model X being already available for their buyers, as well as the Jaguar I-Pace.

So, Volvo has a goal – to beat the ranges of these two rivals, as well as their prices and technologies. Autonomous drive is one of them, and Tesla offers the most advanced system. However, they sit on Level 2, although the US carmaker announced improvements and evolution of the self-driving features. But Volvo and BMW already made it official – they are after the Level 4. This is a big fish to catch since no other company is offering Level 3. But, the difference between it and the higher level of the autonomous drive is not too big, so Tesla could also jump over the next one.

2021 Volvo XC40
Volvo introduced a pure-electric XC40 crossover

2021 Volvo XC90 Facelift

Besides the engine update, the new 2021 Volvo XC90 will go through a small facelift. The new generation is possible because the current one arrived in 2014. However, a couple of big redesigns are making the mid-size SUV still competitive in the luxury market.

The XC90 remains a seven-seater SUV. They maybe still don’t have clues about the electric model, but our sources provided exclusive information about the 2021 Volvo XC90 coupe. The redesign of the SUV will lead to the new body style, but the nameplate remains the same. We could already see the sloping roof on the BMW X6 or Porsche Cayenne, and the XC90 is the next mid-size premium SUV to get it. This will affect the interior room and cargo space. Seating will definitely drop to five spots.

2021 Volvo XC90 Release Date

More information about the 2021 Volvo XC90 will be available next year. Currently, Volvo is occupied with some other debuts. However, we know the company is working on a few serious upgrades, so fans and enthusiasts must be patient. Something spectacular is on the way and the first official info will be heard worldwide. Don’t forget to subscribe to 7-seater SUVs or our Facebook page and be the first to find out all the latest rumors about XC90.


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