Swedish automaker Volvo on Thursday unveiled a new compact car design for 2017 and announced plans to build a fully electric model by 2019, continuing its total brand overhaul.
Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) will be similar in design and construction to the Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) that underpins its XC90 and the upcoming S90 large sedan, but for a range of smaller vehicles due to begin arriving in 2017. These new models will share powertrains (conventional and plug-in hybrid) with their big siblings, as well as climate, data and safety systems, all of which should streamline development time and cost for Volvo’s rebirth.
“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 Peter Mertens, senior vice president of Volvo research and development.
Source: CNET News