In the last few years, most of the things we’ve been hearing about the Swedish carmaker were about electrification. On the other side, we didn’t hear too many stories about the new models. Of course, redesigns were always in talks, but we didn’t hear much about brand-new models, as well as about possible comebacks of familiar nameplates. The latter is particularly interesting these days. We can see that many carmakers are bringing back the names of their popular models from the past. Therefore, it’s no wonder that we’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about the 2022 Volvo XC70 recently.
The previous generation of the XC70 was in production until several years ago and it represented the company in the so-called wagon/crossover segment. It was based on another famous model, the V70, which was a typical station wagon. This one was replaced by the V90, which may indicate that the new 2022 Volvo XC70 could come with a little bit different design approach. We will discuss that in the following paragraphs. Still, keep in mind that the officials are still quiet, so take the following with a big reserve.
2022 Volvo XC70 Redesign
If you look at previous versions with this nameplate, all models were typical wagon/crossovers. In practice, this means a typical station wagon layout, with the addition of higher ground clearance. Such a design was originally established by Subaru’s Outback, but Volvo’s key competitors in this class were always coming from Audi and its Allroad models.
So, one of the possibilities is to see the 2022 Volvo XC70 continuing with the same design approach but keep in mind that, in that case, the new model would be based on V70’s successor, the V90. This would cause some troubles in terms of the naming policy, considering that the XC90 would sound logical, but that’s nameplate is already reserved for the company’s flagship, mid-size SUV.
Coupe Layout? Why Not?
Therefore, another possibility comes to our minds. Volvo would definitely have to expand its crossover lineup and coupe crossovers are the first thing that comes to mind. We’ve just seen a coupe version of the subcompact XC40, and it looks really good, not to mention that more and more buyers are choosing these models instead of conventional SUV layouts.
Just one look at the company’s current lineup and it’s quite easy to see that the 2022 Volvo XC70 would be slotted above the compact XC60. Most likely, the two models would share most of the parts, with the only difference in terms of the rear end. In this case, it would include a typical sloping roof, the thing that provides that coupe-like stance. On the other side, the wheelbase and most of the dimensions would probably remain the same.
Of course, interior design is the next logical question. A good thing to know is that all Volvo models feature generally the same design approach when it comes to the dashboard layout. Therefore, things won’t be much different in this aspect, whether the new 2022 Volvo XC70 comes based on the V90 or it comes as a coupe-crossover. In both cases, you may count on a clean design. It looks conservative and elegant, while the center stack is dominated by a large vertically-oriented infotainment screen. Of course, a long list of standard and available features is a certain thing. We could also see some elements of autonomous driving.
When it comes to the interior space, a lot of things will depend on the model’s body style. Of course, the wagon/crossover layout would be more practical. Simply, it would provide more space in the second row and a significantly bigger cargo area. A coupe-crossover layout usually means a small cargo area and relatively limited headroom in the second row.
2022 Volvo XC70 Engines
When it comes to powertrain, things are quite easy to predict, as we expect that Volvo will stick with its familiar units. Therefore, base models should feature a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower. Those who are looking for something peppier may expect an upgraded version of this engine, which gets an additional supercharge, making the total output of 316 horsepower. Finally, we could also see a plug-in hybrid version, which puts out around 400 horsepower. All three models use an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Finally, we won’t be surprises if we see an all-electric version in the offer too. The Swedish manufacturer is all about electrification these days, so seeing the 2022 Volvo XC70 Recharge in the offer sounds very likely.
2022 Volvo XC70 Release Date and Price
At this point, the 2022 Volvo XC70 is still just a rumor, but many sources suggest we could see it already early in the next year. It’s still easy to make more precise price estimations. Still, we presume that base models would go around 40.000 dollars, roughly.