Volvo Cars Develops “Time Machine” Concept
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (October 21, 2015) Volvo Cars plans to announce a concept “time machine” on November 18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept will be compatible with the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which underpins the all-new 2016 XC90 and future Volvo models.
“You won’t be able to go back in time and meet the legends of history, or go into the future and meet your kids,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager of the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center, “but when our planned concept is applied to a SPA based vehicle, it has the potential of giving significant time back to drivers.”
The concept has been in development over the last several years at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Camarillo, California. It began research on the time machine concept, which features new hardware and software, after intensive research on the future of personal mobility.
Volvo will introduce 14 new car models over the next three years based on the new Scalable Product Architecture and Compact Modular Architecture. These vehicle architectures allow the company to quickly develop new ways of making vehicles more adaptable to individual, market or societal needs. The company has already introduced three concepts and variations to the SPA based XC90 earlier this year.
Volvo Cars’ award-winning T6 performance engine gets All-Wheel Drive
- Drive-E powertrain program roll-out continues with high performance T6 AWD configuration
- Sensus Navigation system receives real-time traffic information
- Apple CarPlay available in XC90
Volvo Cars has announced a broad range of product updates, led by the continued roll-out of the Drive-E powertrain program.
Central to the powertrain upgrades is the award-winning high performance T6 petrol engine, now coming to the 60 cluster cars in an all-wheel drive variant delivering 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque, fulfilling Euro6 regulations and delivering best-in-class efficient performance. With this powertrain configuration the S60 is down to 161 g/km the V60 at 163 g/km and the XC60 down to 179 g/km CO2.
In the XC90 the T6 is coupled to a refined 8-speed automatic transmission, delivering 320 hp and 400 Nm. This powertrain configuration will be available globally, alongside the T5 in the XC90 which delivers 254 hp and 350 Nm.
A new T2 position will be filled by a highly efficient petrol variant on the S/V60 models that delivers 122 hp and 220 Nm of torque while also meeting Euro6 demands. The 1.5l T3 front-wheel drive automatic variant on the S/V60 will also now be available in Japan.
The XC90 T8 Twin Engine delivers the cleanest and most powerful plug-in hybrid propulsion system on the market in a 7-seat SUV, and reflects the Swedish company’s commitment to add new Twin Engine variants to the model range every year.
The model year upgrade also includes the addition of a mid-performance front-wheel drive D4 variant for the S60 and XC60 for Euro 3 diesel markets, delivering 190 hp and 400Nm of torque. It is also available for Euro 6 diesel markets in the V60, the XC90 as well as in the V40 and V40 Cross Country. This will complement the D5 with 225 hp and 470 Nm added to the diesel range earlier in the year.
Volvo Cars’ driver control interface Sensus receives updates in the XC90 including real-time traffic information and free map updates for the Sensus Navigation offer. Apple CarPlay functionality will now also be rolled out in the XC90.
Sensus Connect will offer new in-car apps including Yelp, an internet-based city guide that helps you to find restaurants, shopping and many more services and Glympse, a real-time location sharing application.
The popular smartphone app, Volvo On Call will also have additional functionality added, including engine remote start and preconditioning (cooling/heating). Volvo On Call will also offers Smartwatch support for both Apple Watch and Android Wear.
Design & Comfort
In the 60 Series several new exterior colours including Onyx Black and Osmium Grey are being introduced as R-Design options. Rich Java, Magic Blue and Onyx Black will be added to the XC70. There will also be an updated upholstery matrix and several new wheel options across carlines. A new massage seat with five pre-programmed functions, three levels of intensity and three speed levels will be added to take the stress out of the everyday in the XC90.
Volvo Cars’ new global compact car range to be built on innovative architecture
Volvo Cars is to extend its range of compact cars into new segments on its highly-innovative Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), a smaller but equally advanced version of Volvo’s acclaimed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). The company’s first car on CMA is expected to be launched in 2017.
CMA’s introduction in 2017 means that all future Volvo cars will be built on just two fully scalable and wholly modular vehicle architectures.
The simultaneous development of SPA and CMA has formed the cornerstone of Volvo’s product renewal and growth strategy, which involves the replacement of every single car in its line-up in the next four years and an annual sales volume of up 800,000 cars. This process started with the launch of the XC90 and will continue shortly with the launch of the new S90 premium sedan.
CMA allows Volvo Cars to offer customers of compact cars the same type of premium engineering benefits as owners of its larger cars built on SPA. Shared technology between SPA and CMA will include powertrains (both conventional and new plug-in hybrid variants) and the infotainment, climate and data network and safety systems taking the Swedish car maker ever closer to its vision of no deaths or injuries in its new cars by 2020.
“The flexibility of CMA liberates Volvo’s engineers and designers, allowing them to devise and introduce a wide range of new and alluring features whilst at the same time improving drivability, offering world-class safety features and connected car technologies,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
CMA will also change the way Volvo Cars builds its products in the future by allowing a wide range of cars, powertrains, electrical systems and technologies of varying complexity to be fitted on the same architecture, generating significant economies of scale and a more streamlined manufacturing process.
Volvo Cars’ CMA has been designed from the outset to embrace electrification – offering a new Twin Engine plug-in hybrid variant designed especially for the new architecture.
“We are in a terrific position with CMA. We have developed this new architecture as a plug and play component. This means that on Volvo’s next generation of compact cars you will benefit from the advanced technologies available on our XC90 today,”
said Dr Mertens.
Volvo Cars expects to significantly increase its global volumes with the coming range of CMA-based cars, which will have a truly global footprint and take the Swedish brand into exciting new product segments.
“CMA is a key part of the continued growth strategy of the Volvo Cars brand,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President, Sales Marketing and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group. “Apart from offering all the benefits and features of a larger premium car, such as the industry-leading safety, powertrain and infotainment technologies, CMA will deliver a true and distinctive Volvo driving and ownership experience setting it apart from others in this growing premium segment.”