In 2022, the next-generation all-electric XC90, which is expected to be called Embla, will debut. However, the current XC90 will not be retired: according to Automotive News Europe, citing the head of Volvo Cars Håkan Samuelsson, the model will survive restyling and will last on the assembly line for at least another couple of years. This decision can be explained by the enduring popularity of the XC90 – last year it became the third largest sales model of the Swedish brand.
The second-generation Volvo XC90 has been on sale since 2015, and the last facelift to date was in 2019. Earlier it was reported that the XC90 could be the last fuel model of the Swedish brand, as Volvo aims to go completely electric before internal combustion engines are banned by law, namely in 2030.
The upcoming restyling of the model will be of a “cosmetic” nature, in other words, global changes in the appearance of the XC90 should not be expected. It can be assumed that the SUV will be updated according to the same scenario as the XC40 – the exhaust pipes will be removed under the bumper “skirt”, the optics will be revised and the multimedia system will be modernized.
The current Volvo XC90 is built at the company’s plant in Gothenburg. The model is produced with electrified power plants: it is either an internal combustion engine in conjunction with a starter-generator, or a full-fledged hybrid with the possibility of recharging. As for the future all-electric XC90 / Embla, its assembly will be organized at the facilities of the American Volvo enterprise in South Carolina, on the same conveyor with the Polestar 3.
According to Volvo sales statistics, in 2021 the XC90 sold more than 108.2 thousand units worldwide, which is 17 percent more than in the “coronavirus” 2020. In terms of popularity, the XC90 is second only to the XC60 (215.6 thousand copies sold) and XC40 (201 thousand copies) in the global market.
We also advise you to watch the detailed review of the Volvo XC90 from the FineAuto team: