The 2022 Volvo XC100 is the latest project by the Swedish carmaker. Well, a lot of things are going on in this Scandinavian country. The latest update brought us an all-electric XC40, called Recharge. Experts already started bidding which will be the next EV in the crossover/SUV lineup. Also, we could hear a lot of rumors about the squad expansion. Volvo is currently offering XC40 and XC60 as compact vehicles, while the XC90 is the largest SUV from the mid-size segment. Well, with 195 inches of overall length, it is not far away from the full-size world. The XC100 will make that move official.
We already saw a few debuts. The newest member of this segment is BMW X7 and Audi is also going to bring a full-size model any time soon. Mercedes is already recognizable thanks to the GLS. Land Rover Range Rover makes the European full-size luxury SUV lineup complete for now. What is common for all these models? They are somehow at a higher level than Japanese and US models. In North America, we will find Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator is the most popular models, mostly because of their slightly lower prices. Toyota is paying the due because of the high MSRP and it seems the Land Cruiser is not going to be available anymore in the United States. Infiniti is bringing an all-new QX80 based on the Monograph concept.
So, with such a competition, what are the expectations from the 2022 Volvo XC100? The Swedish carmaker is always bringing something new and special. Knowing it, we can expect the most advanced stuff in the full-size vehicle. For example, an all-electric drivetrain is possible, while the PHEV system is certain. Volvo might add an autonomous drive. Bosses were speaking about Level 4. At this point, it seems like a far-fetched story. But, someone will have to break the ice and introduce this advanced technology. Tesla is on alert.
What We Know So Far?
Various sources are already informing about the new SUV. It is certain that the 2022 Volvo XC100 will be larger than the XC90. That means the body length will be at least 200 inches. That is enough for three rows of seats and passenger capacity for seven occupants. Of course, this can be downgraded to six, if you pick captain’s buckets in the middle row.
The wheelbase will be also longer. According to reports, Volvo is preparing an all-new architecture for the XC100. The platform will make a drive more fun, while the main goal is to make the concept capable of taking an electric drivetrain. Price won’t be cheap. The mid-size XC90 is one of the most expensive SUVs in its segment. We expect the same from its larger sibling. Sources from the UK say the fans can expect the base MSRP to be around 80,000 pounds, which is more than $100,000.
Electric SUV, T8 Setup, and More Drivetrain Options
Volvo is electrifying the entire lineup. Bosses claim that no internal combustion engines will be used by their company by 2025. It seems like a fairytale. Even if they keep some petrol configurations, we hope to see every model with an electric unit as an option. The evolution has already started with the XC40 Recharge. The new arrival could also be an EV. On the other hand, it is hard to imagine a full-size SUV with batteries instead of a conventional engine. There are no doubts the electric unit will be capable to produce a lot of power, but it needs to be very large. It also brings the question about recharge – such a big unit will need extra time for restoring the energy.
At this moment, the T8 seems to be the most reasonable option. With 400 hp and the plug-in system, it can provide enough fun. On the other hand, the setup is based on a four-cylinder engine. Ford uses a twin-turbo V6 for their Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, while all other companies are using V8. Even the German carmakers are installing eight-cylinder powerplants, while six-cylinder engines remain in the lineup as the entry-level versions. Well, buyers who want V6 and I6 are more likely to go after a mid-size SUV.
2022 Volvo XC100 Release Date, Spy Photos, Renderings
These are the latest rumors about the 2022 Volvo XC100. The release date is not set yet, but the SUV is going to be available by the end of the year. Fans are already busy with making renderings and images of how would they like XC100 to look. However, the spy photos are not available. Making the conclusions from the latest moves by Volvo, we can expect a huge grille. The most advanced technology is going to be offered. Level 4 autonomous drive is under development, but even the hard-core enthusiasts are not convinced this system will make a debut in 2022.
Source: Carbuyer UK