The current generation of Volvo’s flagship crossover has been around for a while and as the competition is getting stronger every year, it seems natural that the next generation is on the way. According to the latest reports, it will come next year and it will bring a lot of interesting novelties. Of course, upgrades and improvements are expected in every area, but the 2022 Volvo XC90 will be much more than that.
From what we know so far, the new generation will bring some significant new things, starting from an all-electric version, which will be in the offer. However, that won’t be the only big step forward in terms of technological advance. The next generation of this mid-size crossover will be able to offer autonomous drive. The new model is expected to arrive sometime in the next year, though we are still waiting for a more precise date.
2022 Volvo XC90 Redesign
This will be a complete overhaul, so expectations are pretty high. Of course, one of the first things that come to mind is the platform. The latest reports suggest the second generation of the familiar SPA platform, which should fix the issues that characterize the current generation. This particularly refers to the ride quality, which can be stiff sometimes. Of course, it definitely isn’t too stiff but a little bit more compared to rivals like Audi Q7 or Mercedes GLE.
When it comes to the exterior design, one of the first things that come to mind is the size. The current model features quite typical dimensions for the segment, so the new 2022 Volvo XC90 probably won’t get much bigger. Still, we won’t exclude the possibility to see an additional inch or two in wheelbase. The overall proportions will certainly remain pretty similar.
In terms of styling, we count on an evolutionary approach. Simply, the current model still looks fresh, despite the age, so there is really no need for some radical changes. The 2022 Volvo XC90 will continue with the same approach that is mostly about sleek lines, while the biggest changes would probably happen at the front, where we are probably about to see subtle changes in areas like headlights, grille and the front fascia in general. Fresher models like XC40 and XC60 would be proper references.
Naturally, big changes would come on the inside as well. At this point, we still don’t know the details but we can say that Volvo designers won’t have a too complicated task. Simply, the current cabin still looks very good, despite the age. It is attractive, well build and feels nice in pretty much every aspect. Still, there is one thing we would like to see changed and that is the infotainment system. Not that the current one is bad but it can be complicated sometimes, as you always need more steps than usual to engage some pretty basic functions.
In terms of the interior space, slight improvements will probably come but we have to say that the current model already looks pretty well in this aspect. All three rows are spacious and even the third row can accommodate adult passengers and provide a comfortable ride on relatively short trips. On the other side, we would definitely like to see a little bit more generous cargo area.
2022 Volvo XC90 Powertrain
The Swedish manufacturer is one of the companies that take electrification pretty seriously and looks pretty ambitious in this aspect. Therefore, it’s no wonder that the latest reports that the next-generation 2022 Volvo XC90 will be offered only with electrified powertrain options. The current generation already comes with one plug-in hybrid powertrain and presume it will continue to evolve. A few more hybrid versions should come, as well as an all-electric variant. We expect to get more details in the near future.
2022 Volvo XC90 Gets Autonomous Driving
One of the biggest novelties of this redesign will be autonomous driving ability. According to the officials, the 2022 Volvo XC90 will come with all the necessary hardware, while the software will be added later. This means that initial models won’t be capable of driving autonomously. Once the software is done, it will become downloadable, so all models of the next generation will be able to ride autonomously one day. We still don’t know when this is going to happen.
2022 Volvo XC90 Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Volvo XC90 sometime in the next year, but a more precise date is yet to come. When it comes to the price, we presume it will be slightly higher compared to the current model, which starts at around 49.000 dollars.