All eyes are on Volvo and the next generation of its XC90 midsize SUV, which will be offered exclusively as an electric vehicle and might switch to the Embla moniker. A larger, fullsize model previewed by the Concept Recharge is also on the agenda, as is a future XC60 without a combustion engine. It appears the Swedish brand is planning yet another EV, one that will become the most affordable of them all.
Smaller than the XC40 Recharge and the swoopy C40 Recharge pictured here, the entry-level electric model from Volvo is also said to adopt an actual name rather than using the traditional alphanumeric nomenclature. If we were to rely on a new report from Autocar, the model in question will therefore not be called XC20 or C20 as previously believed.
Much like the XC90 successor, the more compact Volvo EV will adopt a sleeker bodywork to maximize efficiency to achieve a greater range before having to recharge. It could become the first model from the company to utilize underpinnings developed by parent company Geely. Specifically, the Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), which has already served as a basis for the new Zeekr brand and its 001 shooting brake in China. In addition, SEA will be used by the electric Smart crossover.
Technical specifications remain shrouded in mystery at the moment of writing, but it’s worth pointing out the Zeekr 001 comes with a choice between 86- and 100-kWh battery packs for up to 700 kilometers (435 miles) of range. Once it’s depleted, the battery can be replenished at an impressive charging speed of 360 kW.
Based on the same report, the new EV is believed to take the shape of a compact crossover and therefore go after the Mercedes EQA. It’s unclear when the market launch is planned, with Autocar only saying it’s scheduled to arrive “in the coming years.”