Volvo Will Build A Small Crossover With Chinese
The first models, which the Swedish company will develop a new compact modular platform that will become the new generation of the V40 hatchback and a compact crossover, now known under the name XC40. In developing the platform will take an active part Chinese partner Volvo, the company Geely.
According to one of the Vice-presidents Volvo Lex Kerssemakers, generational change Volvo V40 is now considered one of the main tasks, and will happen in approximately two years. However, the Swedes are determined to play in the growing segment of compact crossovers, and by 2018 will release their own rival the Audi Q3 and Range Rover Evoque.
The platform, which is now being developed specifically for compact models, should turn out very flexible and will allow you to create on its basis a very wide range of models. In addition, the platform CMA suggests the use of hybrid power plants and, possibly, scheduled Scandinavians crossover such propulsion unit and will receive. However, Volvo do not preclude issuance of an electric car with a small gasoline engine as a generator of electricity - on the model of the BMW i3.
As they say in the manual Volvo, if the new modular platform will receive public recognition, the company may return to the issue of compact models, such as the C30 hatchback. In addition, ambitious plans for a new platform nourish and top managers of the Chinese group Geely.
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