Volvo's crossover assault may not be done yet.
Volvo has reason to celebrate recently after finishing 2019 with 108,234 sales in the United States. Not only was this a 10.4 percent increase compared to 2018, but it was also the first time Volvo sold more than 100,000 units in the US since 2007. Sales were aided by a strong lineup of crossovers including the best-seller, the Volvo XC60 (204,981 units) and the second-best-seller, the Volvo XC40 (139,847 units).
With crossover driving sales growth, it only makes sense for the Swedish automaker to expand with new models. According to Automotive News, Volvo dealerships have anonymously confirmed that two new crossovers called the XC100 and C40 will join the lineup.
The dealerships were reportedly told about the new models in great detail during a conference last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. The XC100 will be a large SUV based on the same platform as the next-generation Volvo XC90, which is currently in development and due to arrive in 2022. Dealers described the XC100 as being around seven inches longer and about five inches wider than the XC90, which should put it within the same competitive realm as the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS. As with the current XC90, six- and seven-seater variants will be available. The idea of an even larger SUV based on the XC90 sounds great to us but don't expect to see it in production until 2023. An all-electric version will arrive later in 2024.
The other crossover, the C40, will be an SUV-coupe variant of the XC40 that is slated to arrive a bit earlier in 2021. This sub-compact crossover should offer the same all-electric drivetrain as the XC40 Recharge producing 402 horsepower. At this point, it is unclear whether or not a gasoline version of the C40 will also be offered. It will compete directly against vehicles like the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA as a niche vehicle selling around 8,000 units per year.