New electric small Volvo SUV planned with XC20 badge

Volvo is working on an electric crossover to sit below the XC40

  • Will be electric-only
  • Exclusive images suggest how it might look
  • Half of Volvo sales to be electric by 2025

A smaller Volvo crossover will be launched within the next two years and will sit below the Volvo XC40 in the range. Likely to be called the Volvo XC20, the new car will be developed purely as an electric model, and could be a key contributor to the brand’s plan to sell 1 in 2 of its cars with an electric powertrain.

It’ll be underpinned by a new platform called Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), which will be used across several of the brands owned by Volvo’s parent company Geely. The XC40’s underpinnings are slightly too big to be used and a new platform could bring down the production costs and, therefore, the price of the car.

The Volvo XC20 will rival the Hyundai Kona Electric, Kia e-Niro and Lexus UX 330e, but it’ll still fit in with Volvo’s positioning as a ‘premium’ brand. Speaking to our sister site Auto Express, Volvo boss Hakan Samuelsson said:

“Small cars can also be premium. Just because you have a small suit, it doesn’t have to be polyester. We can build a very premium Volvo on SEA - we’ll do it together with Geely. “SEA has been developed in China, and with Chinese suppliers you get a very good cost structure. But with a Volvo top hat on.”

There’s no word on range or performance yet but the XC20 will almost certainly have a smaller battery than the XC40 Recharge. A range of 200-230 miles would make it competitive with its main rivals, and fast-charging should be offered.

Samuelsson also confirmed that another 40-series Volvo will launch next year, which is also set to be exclusively available with electric power. At the other end of the range, we know the brand is planning an even larger SUV to sit above the Volvo XC90, which could spawn a coupe version too.

Read the latest on Volvo here, or check out our guide to the cars launching in 2021 and beyond.

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