Volvo’s subsequent-generation, all-electric substitution for the XC90 could be given the title Embla, according to new trademark apps built by the Swedish brand name. 

“This will be the 1st of its kind. We ought to also then mark that by deviating from our normal way of supplying our cars names,” claimed outgoing Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson at the unveiling of the Concept Recharge final yr – a Volvo concept described by the brand name as a ‘manifesto’ of its potential designs and a preview of its new SUV. 

The overhaul of Volvo’s rival to the Land Rover Discovery will be built attainable working with the SPA2 platform that will permit the brand’s major SUV to be electrified from the start out. The Recharge Concept uses Volvo’s new SPA2 platform, which is scalable for cars ranging from the S60 to the XC90 in dimension. The layout is Volvo’s 1st to have an totally flat flooring with the battery underneath.

As these, there will be no pure petrol or diesel-driven versions of Volvo’s subsequent major SUV. Certainly, by 2025 Volvo desires fifty for every cent of its income to be of completely electric designs.

Speaking about the new big SUV, Samuelsson informed Automobile Specific in 2020: “This car [subsequent XC90] will be completely electric and created in South Carolina.”

One particular of the core enhancements of the Embla will be its autonomous driving process that will use subsequent-generation sensors, lidars and cameras. “Our item will under no circumstances be a robo-taxi,” Samuelsson claimed, including: “It will be a top quality car with a really highly developed cruise control process, which you could contact highway pilot.”

Requested how considerably these technological know-how would include to the cost of the XC90, Samuelsson added: “What would you be inclined to pay for a features, an autopilot, that can allow the car to convert into an business? $10,000 or $15,000? It’s about consumer value. Polished alloy wheels can cost $five,000 so around $10,000 is in all probability not unrealistic for these a feature.”

The Embla is envisioned to get there this yr, with style and design affect straddling in between the traditional seems to be of a big SUV and the style and design previewed by final year’s Concept Recharge. The car will feature far more style and design elements constant with electrification, these as a new ‘Volvo shield’ in position of the regular grille, moreover new proportions and placement of the wheels far into the corners of the car, to maximise inside house. 

A new-generation inside will be a portion of the offer. As for every the Concept Recharge, the car will nevertheless use a central touchscreen with portrait orientation, but will be built-in into a considerably far more minimalist setting. The 15-inch central screen will run a new-generation software program called VolvoCars.OS, and will sit on a floating fashion dashboard the pure electric powertrain and underfloor batteries make a central tunnel unnecessary, opening up further house in the car. 

“We have embraced Scandinavian style and design ideas of generating visually thoroughly clean and harmonised style and design. And for the reason that of the flat flooring, we have even far more house,” defined Volvo style and design boss Robin Website page at the unveiling of the Recharge concept car.

Read our in-depth review of the current Volvo XC90 SUV suitable right here…