Advertisement

Volvo S90 Coupe for 2020

A coupe version of the new Volvo S90 saloon could rival the BMW 6 Series when it arrives in 2020

Volvo Concept Coupe

Volvo has hinted at its desire to look at coupes and convertibles once it has fully refreshed the current model range – likely towards the end of the decade.

Speaking with Auto Express at the S90 reveal event in Gothenburg this week, Volvo’s senior vice president of design Thomas Ingenlath sketched out the company’s five-year plan.

Advertisement - Article continues below

“First we’ll roll out the 90 cluster, then we’ll roll out the 60 cluster. Then even that new [all-electric] product – and as everyone knows by now, an XC40 as well. All this we want to manage within a four-year period.

New 2016 Volvo S90 targets executive car top spot

“In 2019, the XC90 will be the oldest car in our range.”

He told us the trio of concept cars previewed at Frankfurt, Detroit and Geneva in 2013 and 2014 would “carry [Volvo] quite far”. The XC Coupe has already transformed into the new XC90, while the Concept Estate will be revealed at the V90 at the Swiss show in March. The Concept Coupe, however, will take a little longer.

Ingenlath suggested a production-ready car would arrive almost unchanged in 2020. When asked if Volvo would produce another Coupe concept later down the line, he said: “We had the chance to do that in the two years before XC90 came out. We wouldn’t be allowed to do that now.”

Volvo S90 - front

But anything bigger than an S90 Coupe is officially off the cards. We asked the design VP how far the SPA architecture could be stretched, and whether the brand had plans for a Mercedes S-Class-rivalling limousine. 

“The flexibility of SPA would easily allow for something like a coupe. When you talk about S-Class, we need to look at S90 and its competitors. That is as big as Volvo can go.”

A new Volvo S90 Coupe would rival cars like the BMW 6 Series and Mercedes E-Class Coupe, with prices from around £40,000. It’d likely get a range of powerful four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, as well as a T8 plug-in hybrid. If Volvo’s push for all-electric models comes true, we may see a pure EV, too.

As is the case with Mercedes and BMW, a drop-top version would be a logical next step, though bosses refused to speculate on what may arrive further down the line.

What do you think about Volvo's future plans? Leave us a comment below...

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Volvo S90 loses petrol and diesel engines from line-up
Volvo S90

Volvo S90 loses petrol and diesel engines from line-up

The flagship Volvo S90 saloon is now only available with the company’s range-topping, 385bhp T8 plug-in hybrid powertrain
9 Apr 2020
Volvo recalls 2.2 million cars for seatbelt fault
Volvo

Volvo recalls 2.2 million cars for seatbelt fault

The huge safety recall applies to numerous Volvos made from 2006 to 2018, with 169,481 UK cars affected 
1 Jul 2020
Post-coronavirus subsidies for non-electric cars would be a waste, says Volvo boss
News

Post-coronavirus subsidies for non-electric cars would be a waste, says Volvo boss

Hakan Samuelsson believes it’s naive to expect everything to return to normal after the coronavirus, and the future is electric.
13 May 2020
Volvo limits new cars to 112mph top speed
Volvo XC90
Volvo

Volvo limits new cars to 112mph top speed

Safety-conscious Swedish brand aims to reduce road deaths and serious injuries within its vehicles to zero, and new speed limit is one part of its pla…
15 Apr 2020

Most Popular

New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed as petrol and diesel models arrive
Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

New Skoda Octavia vRS line-up completed as petrol and diesel models arrive

Skoda has unwrapped the complete Octavia line-up, which now offers a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid powertrains
3 Jul 2020
Skoda Octavia Estate vs Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
Estates

Skoda Octavia Estate vs Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

Skoda’s new Octavia Estate has moved upmarket. We find out if it’s a better wagon than the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
4 Jul 2020
Updated MG ZS launched with new look and fresh tech
MG ZS SUV

Updated MG ZS launched with new look and fresh tech

MG has given its ZS SUV a mid-cycle facelift, adding a few subtle styling tweaks and some extra interior technology
3 Jul 2020