The 2023 Volvo XC100 is a step closer to production. The latest reports are promising. When asked, chiefs didn’t deny the SUV is in development. Still, Volvo is yet to confirm the XC100. Rumors are out there for a while. It is not hard to predict where the SUV is going to settle. Its alphanumeric nomenclature suggests the vehicle will be larger than the XC90. That means the Swedish carmaker is ready to jump into the bandwagon, alongside BMW and Audi. The first manufacturer recently added the full-size luxury SUV to its portfolio – the X7, while the second carmaker is about to do the same with the Q9.
Volvo is a well-known company. Their vehicles are modern, luxurious, and safe above all. And a bit more expensive than the competition. But, buyers are getting an unmatched performance. The Swedish carmaker is also thinking about the environment. They already deliver pure electric and hybrid drivetrains for all crossovers and SUVs. In the near future, all Volvo models will use electric power. The drivetrain is the major concern about the upcoming full-size vehicle. All the existing configurations are based on a 2.0-liter unit. Yes, turbo and superchargers will help XC60 and XC90 achieving enough power. But, the full-size 2023 Volvo XC100 needs more cylinders, that is for sure.
What We Know So Far?
There are a few trusted sources reporting the SUV is in development. But, for now, we can only claim that the 2023 Volvo XC100 will be larger than any other SUV by the Swedish carmaker. Some say that the new platform is underpinning the vehicle. Not a surprise, since the architecture needs to support the size. The SPA2 is the solution and we could already hear that the upcoming Polestar vehicle will use it. The project codename is V616. All those numbers indicate something. The first 6 is for the prototype, number 1 is for the first series, and another 6 shows the type of vehicle – SUV.
The XC100 is about to become the largest model in the family, with the body 10-12 inches longer than the XC90. And the mid-size SUV is already among the largest. Further rumors we’ve heard in the past might come true, finally. Volvo promised advanced levels of autonomous drive, mentioning Level 4. This is almost a totally independent system. We can’t play down the reports, but it will be a huge jump for the company, which is about to skip Level 3. Unfortunately, the 2023 Volvo XC100 spy photos are not available yet to give fans hints on what to expect.
2023 Volvo XC100 Interior
Since the SUV is going to be larger than any other, we can expect a more comfortable ride. Well, drivers will have to get used to its size, which will harm agility and maneuvering. On the other hand, all this extra space is going to be used to improve legroom inside the cockpit. The 2023 Volvo XC100 interior features three rows of seats, like the XC90. But, compared to the mid-size model, the new SUV could seat up to eight persons. The biggest improvement is the rear seat that can accommodate adults, not only children. Besides the autonomous drive, engineers and designers will work on safety and infotainment. Premium materials and advanced functions are already there, and Volvo is just going to upgrade them.
Will There Be the 2023 Volvo XC100 Recharge?
The Swedish carmaker is not making NO as an answer to this one. The more accurate question would be: When will the 2023 Volvo XC100 Recharge be available? Is it going to debut with the standard lineup? And what kind of electric drive will be used?
First things first – the XC100 Recharge will be a huge SUV. Taking a look at other full-size models, you will need time to find some other hybrid. Do not bother yourself looking for the EV. Volvo started the process of electrification. For now, we saw the debut of XC40 Recharge – an all-electric subcompact crossover, and XC60 Recharge – a PHEV configuration for the compact SUV. We are still waiting for the XC90 Recharge. It is hard to expect the EV. But again, do not underestimate Volvo. If any company can pull this off, that is the Swedish carmaker.
Release Date and Price
The luxury full-size SUV will cost at least $90,000. Existing Volvo vehicles are a bit more expensive than its rivals. Just compare XC90 to Lincoln Aviator, Lexus RX, or Genesis GV80. But, you are getting more in its base form. Reports from Europe claim the MSRP is going to start around $100,000. Well, this would be a stumbling block and a six-digit price would definitely fend off buyers. we will know more next year, when the first official appearance is planned.
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