Volvo teases positioning of electric SUVs under EX90, to debut in 2023

The 2023 Volvo EX90 has arrived, becoming the brand’s new flagship vehicle on a dedicated EV platform. Volvo made a lengthy debut which was streamed online, detailing the large three-row SUV, but there was a surprise at the end of the event. A closing video showed the EX90 in silhouette with a second, slightly smaller SUV in front of it. Behind the two of them, the year 2023 flashed briefly on a screen.

Clearly, Volvo is teasing its second dedicated electric SUV. This was confirmed by Volvo CEO Jim Rowan at the end of the presentation, who advised people to watch the final EX90 video carefully to “maybe” see something else. He concluded by saying “that’s for another day”.

From the silhouette, we can see that the new model is significantly smaller than the EX90. It also features taillights similar to those of the EX90, and the outline suggests a high roofline similar to the company’s XC models versus a sleeker crossover shape. Sure, Volvo already has a smaller all-electric SUV in the XC40 Recharge, but this model looks bigger and has a completely different taillight design. Additionally, the XC40 Recharge shares its underpinnings with the combustion-powered XC40. New Volvo EVs in the future are expected to have their own electric platforms like the EX90.

This brings us to what is probably the EX60. There is additional evidence to support this, starting with a February 2022 report that Volvo is planning a dedicated electric SUV between the XC60 and XC90. Now that we know Volvo’s new EX nomenclature, an EX60 fits perfectly into this scenario. Volvo has also pledged to launch two new electric SUVs in the coming years, as part of the company’s plan to be fully electric by 2030.

If it looks like the EX90, expect all sorts of tech with evolutionary Volvo styling, all built on a dedicated EV platform. Volvo calls the EX90 “a highly advanced computer on wheels”, incorporating complex 3D software and a host of driving aids. Dual electric motors deliver up to 496 horsepower (370 kilowatts), with an estimated range of 300 miles.

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