Volvo is providing a sneak preview of their newly developed Compact Modular Architecture set to debut in 2017.

Geely-owned Volvo started the rejuvenation process from the top of the lineup with the second generation XC90 that uses the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) which will also underpin the upcoming S80-replacing S90 as well as other medium to large models, including a V90 wagon. The SPA platform will receive a smaller brother in 2017 when the first C-segment model will be out riding on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform detailed today.

As the name suggests, it will be used on future compact Volvos that have already been confirmed to go into production at the company's Ghent factory in Belgium, with a decision regarding assembly in China at a Geely factory to be taken at a later date. These CMA products will borrow many of the bits and pieces from the SPA platform, including combustion engines, plug-in hybrid hardware, as well as components related to the infotainment, climate, data network and safety systems.

The CMA platform will form the basis of a newly developed T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid setup which on the larger SPA platform has a correspondent in the beefier T8 setup. All of the current compact models will obviously be replaced before the end of the decade and Volvo has already announced to add an XC40 into the mix while a long wheelbase V40 and a C30 successor called C40 are also being considered.

Gallery: Volvo details their CMA next-gen compact platform; first model out in 2017 [video]

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