Volvo recently announced a series of updates for the 2013 XC90, but they still can't hide the fact that the model should have been redesigned years ago. Thankfully, the company has confirmed a next-generation crossover is on track for a late 2014 launch.
Set to be underpinned by the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the crossover will feature an evolutionary design which was recently previewed in several sketches. Little else is known about the model but it will be equipped with Volvo Environmental Architecture (VEA) four-cylinder engines that promise to be lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than the company's current six-cylinder units.
According to Peter Mertens, Volvo's Senior Vice President of Research and Development, "The new architecture covers about two-thirds of our total sales volume. With about 40 percent of all components shared by all car models irrespective of size, we will benefit from economies of scale, thus boosting our competitiveness." He added that the savings will enable the company to focus on "individual details that are important to our customers."