|The XC90 is the first vehicle to be constructed by Volvo using the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).|
Gothenburg, Sweden — August 12, 2014 — Volvoâ€™s all-new XC90â€”which will be launched in two weeksâ€™ time in Stockholmâ€”will be the first car in its range to be built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) modular chassis technology developed in-house. In essence, SPA allows Volvo to build a wide range of vehicles on the same basic architecture.
SPA has been under in-house development at Volvo for the past four years and is the cornerstone of the companyâ€™s ongoing USD 11bn transformation plan. It will be introduced with the all-new XC90 and then rolled out across the product range in future. The benefits of SPA are twofold.
First, the flexibility of SPA liberates Volvoâ€™s engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new design features at the same time as improving driveability, introducing world-first safety features, offering the latest connected car technologies and creating more interior space.
â€œSPA and the XC90 are firm evidence of our Volvo-by-Volvo strategy. The XC90â€™s outstanding combination of luxury, space, versatility, efficiency, and safety will bring the SUV segment into a new dimension, just as the original XC90 did in 2002,â€ says Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research and Development of Volvo Car Group.
Secondly, SPA will change the way Volvo builds cars in future by allowing a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies â€“ all of differing complexity â€“ to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale.
â€œSPA gives us a fresh technological start. Around 90 percent of the components in the all-new XC90 and upcoming models are new and unique. We are raising the bar to the very top of the premium league when it comes to quality and technology level in every vital area,â€ says Dr. Mertens.
With SPA, previous design limitations in areas such as wheelbase, overhang, vehicle height and the height of the front are removed.
|The new XC90 bears distinctive T-shaped running lights.|
â€œThis has created greater freedom for us to design cars with a confident stance, dynamic proportions and a number of distinctive design signatures. Our three recent concept cars have demonstrated this capability. Even though the all-new XC90 is an entirely different type of car, you will recognise the connection instantly when it is revealed in two weeks,â€ says Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design of Volvo Car Group.
Today, for the first time, Volvo is revealing images of the front end or â€œfaceâ€ of the new XC90 SUV, which is distinguished by its T-shaped running lights, christened â€˜Thorâ€™s Hammerâ€™ by the design team after the shape of the hammer used by the famous Norse god of thunder, Thor.
â€œAnyone who looks in their rear-view mirror is going to know immediately that there is a new XC90 behind them,â€ says Ingenlath. â€œThe XC90 is a car that has presence on the road.â€