Four years after the discontinuation, we are still hearing a lot of reports that suggest the comeback of this crossover version of the famous station wagon. According to the latest ones, the fourth generation could come already in the next year, as the 2021 Volvo XC70. At this point, no one comes with details and the officials are quiet about this model. So, the only thing we can do at the moment is to speculate.
Although it’s still early for details, we are pretty sure that the new model won’t go far away from the original. Moreover, we have no doubt that the Swedish manufacturer would stick to the same, proven formula, which means a typical crossover/wagon layout. Of course, everything would be packed with the company’s latest technologies and design solutions, while some sources suggest an all-electric powertrain as well.
2021 Volvo XC70 Design
Of course, we would start with the most basic, design characteristics. When it comes to the platform, there is no doubt that the new model would ride on the company’s new, modular SPA platform. In this case, we presume that dimensions would be quite typical for the segment of mid-size cars. This particularly refers to the wheelbase, which should be a couple of inches longer compared to the third-generation model, which measures a little bit over 110 inches between the axles.
When it comes to the styling and overall exterior design, we count on Volvo’s recognizable approach to station wagons. Combined with a higher ground clearance, the overall shape would be typical for the segment of crossover wagons, where you can find models like Audi Allroad Quatro, as well as mainstream models like Subaru Outback.
Naturally, aesthetics would follow the brand’s latest design language, which continues to evolve. At the front, we expect most similarities with the freshest models, such as XC40, while the rear end should come in a typical Volvo manner, with large vertical taillights and nearly vertical tailgate.
As we are talking about a company that doesn’t practice radical changes, it’s quite easy to predict how this cabin would look like. Of course, this particularly refers to the dashboard, which should borrow a lot of things from models like XC40, but we have no doubt it would include loads of exclusive details as well. This manufacturer is famous for the exceptional quality of materials, which come in a combination with classic aesthetics. Of course, we also count on lots of advanced tech features, along with a traditionally exceptional amount of safety features.
The new 2021 Volvo XC70 will be spacious as well. We count on two rows of seats that would be generous in space and able to offer exceptional comfort. In addition, the cargo area should offer some respectable numbers. Our rough estimation would go around 35 cubic feet behind the second row and about 75 of the overall volume.
2021 Volvo XC70 Engines
When it comes to the powertrain, we presume that the 2021 Volvo XC70 would stick to the company’s familiar units. Base models would probably feature a 2.0-liter turbo-four with around 250 horsepower. The same engine is available in a variant with both turbo and supercharger. This version features a max output of 313 horsepower. Finally, the same engine is used for the company’s familiar plug-in hybrid system, which delivers a total output of 400 horsepower.
We presume that versions for the European market would be offered with a diesel powertrain too.
Standard models would feature a familiar 2.0-liter turbodiesel. Higher trim levels would come with a twin-turbo version of this engine, which puts out around 225 horsepower.
2021 Volvo XC70 Could Go All-Electric Too
Besides internal-combustion and hybrid powertrain, the 2021 Volvo XC70 will probably come in the all-electric version as well. At this point, we don’t know the details, but we presume things could be pretty similar to the recently-launched XC40 Recharge. The subcompact crossover uses a system that includes one electric motor for each axle, for a total output of 400 horsepower. That seems more than sufficient for the new XC70, so we probably won’t see changes in power.
On the other side, it wouldn’t be surprised to see a little bit bigger battery pack. The XC40 comes with a 75-kWh package, which provides around 200 miles per charge. The new 2021 Volvo XC70 would be notably heavier, so additional batteries would be more than useful. More details should come in the near future.
2021 Volvo XC70 Release Date and Price
If we can trust the latest reports, the 2021 Volvo XC70 could arrive already in the next year. However, we are still waiting for official confirmation. If it arrives one day, we estimate that base models would go around 40.000 dollars