Volvo made waves last year when it became one of the first automakers to reveal plans to offer an electrified version of every model they make.
The decision to embrace the eco-friendly technology isn’t without consequences as Road and Track reports the current generation of turbocharged petrol engines will be the last. It will take some time for Volvo to go fully electric but in the meantime we can expect plug-in hybrids with more powerful electric motors. There’s also word of a rear-biased all-wheel drive system that could make typically safe and sensible models a hoot to drive.
While Volvo has offered a handful of convertibles and coupes over the years, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be making a return. Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson told the publication the automaker needs to focus on its core lineup which includes crossovers such as the XC60 and XC90. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily rule out fun variants as the company’s stunning coupe concept eventually became the Polestar 1.
Speaking of Polestar, the report says we can still expect a handful of high-performance models in the same vein as the S60 and V60 Polestar. There’s no word on the when the models will arrive but they will reportedly be electrified. This isn’t too surprising as the V60 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid is already more powerful than the outgoing V60 Polestar.