- volvo will continue production of the current xc90 even as it launches a new ev flagship suv.
- the xc90 is built in sweden while its electric replacement will be built in south carolina.
- another facelift is in store for the suv, according to volvo's ceo.
the second-generation volvo xc90's production run will continue for the foreseeable future, according to an automotive news report quoting volvo ceo hakan samuelsson. although volvo is planning to launch a new ev crossover flagship that will effectively replace the xc90, samuelsson said there are plenty of reasons to keep the current model in production, namely the strong demand for hybrids in the u.s. and china.
the new volvo ev crossover, previewed by the concept recharge shown in 2021 (pictured below), is slated to adopt a new name and will be built at volvo's plant in south carolina. this leaves room for the current xc90 to continue for the next several years, as it's built in sweden. volvo has just announced an investment in this torslanda, sweden factory to build its next generation of electric vehicles, but the brand doesn't plan to make the transition to a fully electric lineup until 2030. that gives gas-powered models such as the xc90 plenty of years to phase out.
launched in 2015 as the first model in volvo's recent rejuvenation, the xc90 continues to be a strong seller for the company: it sold 38,657 units in the u.s. in 2021, a 13 percent increase over 2020 and second behind the smaller xc60 crossover's 41,582 units. samuelsson said that another facelift is coming soon for the xc90, and we also wouldn't be surprised if volvo eventually drops the standard t5 and t6 gasoline powertrains and keeps only the plug-in-hybrid xc90 recharge model.