There are a lot of rumors surrounding the upcoming 2022 Volvo XC90. Sources report the vehicle is going to introduce the new generation. The SUV is growing and that will make space between this and XC60 for another possible model. How it is affecting drive? We still don’t know. But, the electric version is on the way. Not a surprise. The Swedish company was always thinking green. Its smaller crossovers are already available with electric drivetrain, found under the ‘Recharge’ badge. Sooner or later, we could see this coming. The carmaker will discontinue internal combustion engines at some point. The XC90 will be the last model in the XC- lineup with conventional drivetrains.
The existing squad already offers an advanced PHEV system. Nevertheless, 400 ponies might be too much for some drivers. Popular T8 configuration is also available on the XC60. Besides this one, there is also the T6. Even after this redesign, the petrol setup will be there. Volvo might start dropping these engines in two or three years. Meanwhile, the 2022 Volvo XC90 Recharge will step into the market to replace all these drivetrains.
The redesign of the mid-size luxury SUV will impact the entire market. The XC90 is available in numerous markets, competing with Audi, BMW, and Mercedes vehicles. It is also popular in the US, but buyers in this part of the world are keener on Japanese and domestic models, which are also more affordable.
2022 Volvo XC90 Redesign Details: What to Expect?
Let’s start with redesign details. Several sources are saying the SUV is going to be bigger, safer, and more luxurious. Whenever you think the Volvo evolved to the last point, the Swedish carmaker finds a way to keep their fans thrilled. Well, things can’t stay the same for a long time in the luxury segment. BMW X5, Audi Q7, and Mercedes GLE are dictating the tempo alongside the XC90 and set some new challenges to all other rivals.
The current edition of the SUV dates back to 2015. Bold design is still attractive, but the 2022 Volvo XC90 is about to upgrade the look. The SUV is 195 inches long, with a wheelbase of 117.5 inches. It should stay the same, while the vehicle is going to be larger and provide more space inside the cockpit. We can find some clues on the all-new XC100, which is also about to debut soon.
Electric Drivetrain, Autonomous Drive, Last Petrol Models
Sources from multiple markets are reporting about huge changes on the 2022 Volvo XC90. Well, we don’t have precise details about its look and the features list, but the highlights are mentioning big moves. For example, the XC90 is becoming an all-electric SUV. That is not a surprise. The XC60 Recharge was added to the lineup, and it is just a matter of time when the entire lineup is going to be electrified. But, what we didn’t see coming is a rumor about the discontinuation of petrol engines. Volvo is slowly killing oil-burners. Still, their D4 and D5 configurations are still available in some markets.
While sources claim the EV is on the way, there are no clues about the size of batteries, range, or recharging system. So, it seems like the 2022 Volvo XC90 might be a bit late. This kind of motor also brings further upgrades, such as autonomous drive. Earlier, the company announced that the work on Level 4 is in progress. This is another ambitious project, having in mind that the current best is Level 2+ by Tesla. BMW also hinted skipping Level 3 and delivering a higher level of autonomous drive.
When Will 2022 Volvo XC90 be Available?
The release date of the 2022 Volvo XC90 will depend on the new electric drivetrain. Everything is just speculation for now. However, the redesign is real. With or without the EV, the XC90 is going to debut before the end of this year. The electric drivetrain might arrive somewhere in 2022.
Changes will affect the price as well. A larger and updated vehicle will definitely cost more than before. Changes will make it go over $50,000. There are three familiar trim levels available – Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription. Polestar is not going to be added this time. With the T8 and the Inscription, the price will be around $80,000. The electric drivetrain is going to push it even further.
Sources: CarBuzz, Car Advice, Autoexpress, Car and Driver