Volvo will underpin its latest generation of compact vehicles with a new architecture. The compact modular architecture, (CMA), like the firm's larger, scaleable product architecture, (SPA), should help make vehicle development simpler with a modular approach.
The architecture will allow Volvo to integrate both traditional combustion engines and also electrified powertrains. Up until this point Volvo has used a Ford-derived platform to underpin its smaller vehicles, including the compact V40.
Volvo has shown two vehicles based on the new platform, the 40 series concepts include an SUV and a small compact car and will be the first vehicles built on the CMA, developed by Volvo in conjunction with its parent company Geely.
The new vehicles will come with a variety of powertrains; with a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline, a four-cylinder diesel as well as a three-cylinder gasoline, combined with an electric motor.
Senior vice president of design, at Volvo, Thomas Ingenlath, said: “Each member of our product family has its own distinct character, just like the members of a real family. CMA has helped us to capture something special, something youthful in our new concept cars. They have an energy, a disruptive and engaging urban character that makes them stand out amongst the crowd. This is the flavour of small Volvos to come.”
The announcement means that all vehicles developed by the OEM will now come from either the CMA or the SPA platform, the XC90 was the first vehicle to be built on the latter.
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