A new luxury entrant into the family people mover market may come from an unlikely source: Chinese-owned Swedish automaker Volvo.
Volvo is said to be working on its first non-SUV electric car – and a new report claims it will be a luxury people mover due to appear in Chinese showrooms next year.
A slide is said to be from a presentation by Qin Peiji, Volvo China sales chief, to Chinese media – as published by a specialist website Auto News China – shows that the automaker is preparing to launch four new electric cars in China this year.
But in addition to the already unveiled EX90 large SUV, a more luxurious Excellence version and a city SUV labeled EX30, the image shows Volvo preparing to launch an “all-electric luxury MPV” – or people mover.
This is Volvo’s first time offering a people carrier – despite a history of practical station wagons and SUVs over the past 50 years – and its first non-SUV electric car.
Few details have been confirmed about the new Volvo people mover – including what name it would be called.
It’s unclear if it will be sold outside of China – and if so, if it will be built right-hand drive for Australia.
While people mover sales are declining in Australia, they remain relatively popular in China – particularly for luxury models with fewer seats and a focus on executive saloon comfort.
Auto News China claims the Volvo model will be partnered under the skin with the Zeekr 009, an electric people mover from a sister company of Volvo under the umbrella of Chinese auto giant Geely.
Underpinned by the Geely Group’s SEA electric car platform – to be used for the Volvo EX30 city SUV – the Zeekr 009 is powered by two electric motors and a 140kWh battery delivering up to 400kW, and in Chinese lab tests offers a Range of 822 km.
The Chinese car specialist’s website reports that the Volvo people mover will share the Zeekr’s electric motors and battery, and what are known in the industry as its “hard points” – the placement of its wheels, suspension, cabin and body proportions to the car’s chassis.
but Auto News China Reports “the Volvo will get its own design” – likely with styling cues inspired by the recently unveiled EX90 large SUV.
The website claims that the new Volvo will first be unveiled as a near-production concept – or “semi-concept” – between July and September this year, before hitting the first showrooms in China before the end of this year.
In addition to the mysterious people mover, the presentation slide has been re-released Auto News China shows that the new EX90 will appear in Chinese showrooms this year – and will offer an “Excellence” version.
For the outgoing XC90, that meant a four-seat cabin with heated, ventilated, massaging and power-adjustable “Captain’s Chair” rear seats, a new center console with built-in refrigerator, heated and cooled cup holders and crystal drinking glasses.
It also featured a Bowers and Wilkins stereo, touchscreens for rear passengers, and increased noise insulation for a quieter cabin.
The EX90 and EX90 Excellence people carriers are to be joined by a city SUV, which is expected to sport the EX30 badge. Click here to read Moves latest report on the new model due in Australia before the end of this year.
Australian deliveries of the Volvo EX90 are scheduled to begin in mid to late 2024 from the automaker’s plant in China.
This was announced by Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Stephen Connor drive Last year, an electric limousine should also be in the local showrooms next year.