As it was disclosed earlier this year, Volvo is now working on their first ever electric MPV that will make its debut in Q3 this year. And the market launch is scheduled for Q4 2023. As the date of debut is getting closer day by day, the Volvo’s MPV was spied in one of Chinese car parks. Let’s get to it.
Volvo electric MPV spy shots
The car in spy shots is heavily covered with camouflage, but we still can highlight some of its exterior features. First, the body of this vehicle stays close to the Zeekr 009 MPV from Geely. Even their glass areas look similar. It isn’t a surprise since they share the same SEA (Sustainable Experience Platform) platform made by Geely. It means that their dimensions are also close. Here, we will remind you that the 009’s size is 5209/2024/1858 mm with a wheelbase of 3205 mm. So, the Volvo’s More information about the Volvo electric MPV has chances to become the biggest passenger vehicle from the Sweden brand.
Back to the Volvo MPV, it has slanted front pillars, a high bonnet line, sliding rear doors, and a single taillight unit. We can also see that the front end of this MPV got signature running lights that can be seen in Volvo EX90 and EX30. But mind the difference: blocks of headlights aren’t hidden behind the running lights. Instead, they sit in the front bumper. So, the actual test car slightly differs from previous fan render images.
Inside, we can see that the seats of the electric MPV look quite similar to the Zeekr 009. Inside, it has 7 seats with 2-2-3 layout. We will remind you that the second row of seats in the 009 got leg supports. They are also heated, ventilated, and massage you.
More information about the Volvo electric MPV
There is no information about the powertrain yet. But we may guess that it will be also similar to the Zeekr 009. We will remind you that it has two ternary (NMC) battery options: for 116 kWh (702 km of range) and for 140 kWh (822 km of range). As for the electric motors, there are two of them with a combined power output of 544 hp and 686 Nm.
All in all, we can see that the Volvo’s MPV looks like a rebadged Zeekr 009 with a slightly different exterior styling. Of course, we should highlight that it is just a test car at the moment. But we can clearly see that this car will be really close to the Zeekr 009. Speaking about the price, it is clear that Volvo will cost more than Zeekr in China, mainly because of the brand power. We will remind you that the 009 costs 499,000 – 588,000 yuan (69,100 – 81,430 USD) in the domestic market. It seems that the price tag of the Volvo MPV can reach even 100,000 USD in China.
As mentioned, the Volvo MPV is quite close to the Zeekr 009. But it will clearly get the higher price. It means that these two models will cannibalize each other in China. And it looks like the Zeekr 009 will be the winner in this rivalry, mainly because of the lower price. On the other hand, the Zeekr 009 won’t hit the European market. And it means that the Volvo MPV has all chances to become a hot seller outside China.