Official confirmation - There will be new Volvo estates and saloons!
Saloons and estates are not dying yet
SUV‘s have taken over the family-car market, and not just MPV‘s are vanishing from the roads, the number of saloons and estates have shorten as well. Because of that, many car makers do not produce any saloons and estates anymore, for example Mitsubishi. The Lancer once was an affordable, good looking and reliable car, with hot sports versions. However if you want to buy a new Mistubishi as your new family bus, you will have to buy an SUV, either the Eclipse-Cross or the Outlander. Other manufacturers like VW are also decreasing their number of available non-SUV‘s, the Germans have now recently announced the end of production for the Passat saloon. News like that make most of the car community sick, however there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel, because Volvo has now officially confirmed, there will be successors to the S60, V60, S90 and V90!
Sad news - The Passat Saloon has ended production, and there is no successor in sight
S60 and V60, S90 and V90 - what is the difference? Well, the S-Line Volvos are saloons, while the V-Line ones are estates. Those are the names Volvo gave their current models, however that might change, because Volvo has announced in July that their models will have actual names henceforth.
So how can we imagine these cars to be? For now there are not many informations, however I can give you a short insight. First of all, it was not even safe that the S and V cars will get successors, since Volvo‘s SUV‘s, named XC, are the manufacturers best sellers by far. The XC60 for example sold last year more often than the S60, V60, S90 and V90 combined. However the Swedish brand’s CEO Håkan Samuelsson still confirmed successors to these cars. He also explained that the cars might get a bit different to how we know them now. “We need lower cars with a more conventional body size but maybe a little less square [than previously]. These low cars will be in addition to our high-positioned SUVs. (…) Cars will be less boxy in future, when we need to have lower air resistance. You could call it coupé-ish. We talk a lot about range in electric cars, but I think we will start looking at energy efficiency, and of course air resistance will be very central to that.” Does that mean that they are going to be electric? For now one can not say that for sure, but there is certainly a possibility. Hybrid models are more likely to come, since many car buyers still are not convinced about EV’s. On the other hand, Volvo has stated that they want 50% of their sold cars to be electric by 2025. Volvo is rather optimistic in reaching their goal, as Volvo’s chief financial officer said in confidence: “You need customers who want EVs, and we’re fully confident ours do. You need great cars, which we have.” So we do not know in which direction exactly Volvo’s new estates and saloons are heading, however one good thing is there for sure, saloons and estates are not dead yet.
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