Geely & Volvo chairman Li Shufu has told Chinese media that Volvo will develop a new S100 flagship to compete with the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The S100 will be based on a stretched variant of the platform of the next generation Volvo S80. It will be made in China in the new Volvo-factory in Chengdu, whether it will be exported to other countries is yet undecided.
The S100 will be a stand-alone vehicle, larger and more luxurious than the new S80, and thus in another league than the current China-made Volvo S80L. Li Shufu didn’t say anything on engines, which is where a problem might arise.
Volvo recently announced it will only make four-cylinder engines in the future, and ditch the 5 and 6. The Yamaha-sourced V8 has been ditched already. The strongest turbocharged variant will have about 400hp. However, image is still very important in the top-end sedan market, and a four-pot just isn’t good enough, no matter how high-tech and powerful.
What is Li going to do about that? We’ll keep you posted on further developments…
They could make an electric hybrid with an electric motor providing drive to the rear wheels. Make it high tech and powerful and you might get over the lack of a V6 or V8. Plus I think a Volvo S100 will have to be marketed to a new class of buyer rather than the traditional S class, A8, 7 series purchasers.