Everybody wants a piece of the cute crossover pie.
We recently learned that Volvo could be replacing its XC90 SUV with a new car called the Embla, and Polestar, the EV manufacturer spawned from Volvo, is looking to introduce its first-ever SUV in the 3. But according to reports, neither Swedish brand is stopping there.
Autocar writes that after the XC90 successor and the Polestar 3 arrive, each automaker will be focusing on entry-level electric SUVs. This makes sense for two reasons. For one thing, SUVs and crossovers are now the lifeblood of most automakers (Lincoln is a good example), and for another, EVs are the new sparring ground for the world's best brands to show technological dominance. So how will each brand enter the space?
Volvo's upcoming offering is likely to be something Mercedes-Benz EQA-like in terms of premium positioning and size. This model will be critical to Volvo's future growth as it aims to make 50% of its global sales all-electric by 2025. It was previously assumed that this new model would get a name like XC20 or C20, but like the XC90 successor, a sexier, non-alphanumeric name will be introduced.
This new model will be the first Volvo to be underpinned by parent company Geely's 'open-source' SEA platform. In Chinese brand Zeekr's application, this platform can provide as much as 435 miles of range. It also claimed to offer the ability to recover up to 75 miles of range in just five minutes thanks to 360-kW charging speeds.
For Polestar, its next SUV will arrive in 2023 as a bridge between the 2 and 3 in terms of size. This is promised to be a "more mass-market proposition," which indicates more affordable pricing and compact proportions. Despite its reduced footprint, Polestar head honcho Thomas Ingenlath says that it will not "compromise much" on cabin space.
The automaker has hinted that this new model will cost around $54,000 but has not made clear if it will be offered in the US. If it is, we can look forward to a choice of front- and all-wheel drive and two battery packs, either a 64-kWh or a 78-kWh setup. We expect to see spy shots and learn more details early in 2022.