FUTURE PRODUCTS -- EUROPEAN BRANDS: Europeans target U.S. with new vehicles
After watching the competition, particularly the Japanese, profit from SUVs, sport wagons and niche vehicles, the Europeans finally are jumping in.
For example, Audi has ended the internal debate about whether an SUV would taint its image. The automaker will proceed with two vehicles: the full-sized Q7 with three rows of seats and the smaller Q5. Sales of the Q7 will begin in the United States.
VW will add a mid-sized SUV, and a seven-passenger minivan is being developed primarily for the United States. Additionally, a premium four-door model with coupe-like styling resembling the Mercedes-Benz CLS, and a new convertible will give VW badly needed niche vehicles.
Even Porsche is moving into new segments: It will build a sleek four-door car with coupe-like styling. The United States is expected to account for about 40 percent of that model's sales.
The biggest question is the future direction of Mercedes-Benz. This year, primarily because of currency fluctuations and cost cutting, Mercedes-Benz decided against bringing two small vehicles into the United States.
In a surprise announcement last month, the automaker announced that Chrysler group CEO Dieter Zetsche is returning to Europe to take the top DaimlerChrysler post on Jan. 1.
Zetsche's mission? Turn around the car business. Among the automaker's problems: Smart continues to lose money, and ultraluxury brand Maybach has not met its targets. The bigger issue for Maybach is that it has not achieved the high brand status expected by Mercedes.
This fifth and last installment of Automotive News' annual future product series covers the European automakers' plans through 2009.
|Vantage debuts||Possible Lagonda debut||Possible Vanquish redesign|
|DB9 convertible debuts|
|A3 hatchback debuts||TT Coupe redesigned||TT Roadster redesigned||Possible A8, L redesign|
|A4 sedan redesigned||Possible R9 sports car debut||Q5 SUV debuts|
|Avant redesigned||Q7 SUV debuts|
|A8, L freshened|
|Flying Spur sedan debuts||Continental GT convertible debuts|
|Azure convertible debuts|
|3-series sedan, wagon redesigned||3-series coupe redesigned||1-series debuts||Likely 7 series redesign||Z4 redesigned|
|Z4 coupe debuts||X5 redesigned||3-series convertible redesigned||Minivan debuts|
|7 series freshening||X3 freshening|
|Wagon debuts (or 2008)|
|F430 debuts||575M Maranello redesigned||Possible entry-level vehicle (or 2009)|
|XK convertible, coupe debut||S-Type restyled, reengineered||Small wagon debuts|
|Range Rover Sport debuts||Freelander redesigned||Defender redesigned|
|Range Rover freshened|
|Coupe, Spyder freshened||Kubang GT wagon expected|
|57 S debuts|
|CLK convertible, coupe freshened||E class freshened||C class sedan redesigned||C-class wagon redesigned (or 2009)||CLS freshened|
|CLS debuts||S class redesigned||CLK coupe redesigned||CLK convertible redesigned||Possible SL redesign|
|R class wagon debuts||CL redesigned (or 2007)||SLK freshened|
|M class redesigned||SL freshened||P8 sports car debuts|
|G class redesigned (or 2007)|
|Boxster, S redesigned||Cayman coupe debuts||Panamera sedan debuts|
|Possible stretched Phantom||100EX-based convertible debuts|
|SportCombi wagon debuts||9-2X restyled, re-engineered||9-3 restyled, re-engineered|
|9-7X SUV debuts||9-6X sport wagon debuts||9-5 restyled, re-engineered||9-4X sport wagon debuts|
|Sport wagon debuts|
|Jetta sedan redesigned||Golf redesigned||Premium sedan debuts (or 2008)|
|New beetle reskinned||GTI redesigned||Minivan debuts|
|Passat redesigned||Jetta wagon redesigned (or 2007)||Small sport wagon debuts (or 2008)|
|Concept C-based convertible debuts||Touareg freshened|
|Redesigned Passat wagon debuts|
|C70 convertible redesigned||C30 hatchback debuts||V90 wagon debuts|
|S60 redesigned||Likely XC70 redesign|
|C70 coupe redesigned|
The Vantage heads to U.S. showrooms next year and will be Aston Martin's entry-level vehicle.
Vantage: Aston Martin's DB9 platform will be shortened to create the Vantage, which debuts in 2006. The car's 4.3-liter V-8 engine will be borrowed from Jaguar and teamed with the ZF six-speed automatic transmission used in the DB9. Some of the chassis components will be made from aluminum and composites. It will be priced around $100,000.
DB9: A convertible version of the Volante will reach the United States in 2006.
Vanquish: A redesign could come in 2009. It will be based on the DB9 architecture.
Lagonda: Once sales of Aston Martin's coupe lines slow, a sedan variant of the DB9 platform will arrive to keep the plant humming at capacity. It could arrive as soon as late 2008.
A3: Audi introduced the entry-level A3 in May. The line is limited to one model, a front-wheel-drive five-door hatchback. Initially, one engine is being offered: the 218-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline direct-injection four-cylinder engine. A version with Audi's all-wheel-drive system, which it markets as quattro, and a 250-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 will be added in December.
The A3 shares some modules and subassemblies with the VW Golf and Jetta.
A4: The redesigned A4 sedan and Avant station wagon went on sale in February. This fall, three variants will debut: the awd sedan and Avant, and fwd A4 sedan with a 3.2-liter V-6.
A6: The redesigned A6 sedan debuted last November.
The A6 Avant debuted this month. It has a 3.2-liter V-6 engine with a Tiptronic transmission and awd. This fall an A6 sedan with a 3.2-liter
V-6 and continuously variable transmission makes its debut.
A8 and L: All versions of the flagship sedan get the new Audi face and grille this fall.
The car may be redesigned around 2008.
TT: The redesigned TT Coupe will debut at the Geneva auto show in March, followed by the TT Roadster in 2007. The TT will get bigger, sharing some components with the VW Golf and Passat, but styling won't change radically.
It will be available in fwd and awd.
R9: A production version of the Le Mans awd concept, a mid-engine sports car, could appear as early as next year. The vehicle is likely to be called the R9 and is based on a concept car shown at the 2003 Frankfurt auto show.
The R9 will be developed on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. The exterior will likely combine aluminum and carbon fiber components.
Two engines are expected: a 4.2-liter V-8 with about 410 hp and the 5.0-liter V-10 from the Gallardo. The V-10 is expected to produce about 450 hp, down from 500 hp on the Gallardo, to separate the two models.
Q5: A mid-sized awd SUV based on the A4 platform is expected in 2008. The vehicle will compete with the BMW X3.
Q7: The much-anticipated SUV will be developed on a stretched version of the Volkswagen Touareg/Porsche Cayenne platform. It will have three seat rows. The SUV will arrive here in mid-2006.
Continental GT: No changes are expected for the coupe.
Bentley's Continental Flying Spur goes on sale this fall, packing a 552-hp, 12-cylinder engine.
Flying Spur: The four-door sedan developed alongside the GT goes on sale this fall. It is nearly 20 inches longer than the Continental GT and shares the coupe's 552-hp 6.0-liter W-12 engine.
The Flying Spur shares many parts with the Audi A8 and VW Phaeton, including the aluminum subframe.
Convertible: A convertible is expected in 2006. Although it will be the open-top version of the Continental GT, Bentley may choose to give it a unique name.
The production version of the Arnage Drophead Coupe concept will be called the Arnage Azure.
Arnage: Bentley will produce a ragtop version of the Arnage Drophead Coupe concept, called the Azure. Production begins in the spring. It will be powered by a 450-hp, 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V-8.
1 series: BMW's entry-level line is likely to arrive here in 2007, according to BMW executives. The likely initial lineup is a sedan or coupe with a six-cylinder engine. Outside the United States, the range is expected to expand to a three-door hatchback, convertible and wagon.
3 series: The redesigned 325i and 330i sedans debuted in May. A wagon will debut this fall. A coupe will follow in mid-2006, and a convertible will arrive six to eight months later. The high-performance M3 is expected in mid-2007.
Z4: A coupe will be added this fall. The car is expected to debut at the Frankfurt auto show next month. The Z4 is expected to be redesigned in 2009.
5 series: The M5 goes on sale this fall with a 500-hp, 5.0-liter V-10.
6 series: An M version could arrive as early as spring, with the 500-hp, 5.0-liter V-10 and seven-speed automatic transmission found in the M5.
7 series: The flagship 7 series received a mild freshening this year that did not change the much-criticized rear-end styling radically. The problematic iDrive that controls communications, entertainment and climate control was simplified.
The 7 series is likely to be redesigned in 2008.
X3: This September BMW drops the base 2.5-liter six-cylinder and adds a 3.0-liter six-cylinder. A freshening is expected in two years.
X5: With the 2004 debut of the X3, BMW has two SUVsliter V-8.
Supercar: Ferrari is working on a replacement for the $652,000 Enzo that ended production in late 2004. Until then, Ferrari will sell the FXX, a race car that is not street-legal. The car will cost about $1.9 million and will be available next year. Production will be limited to 20 cars.
X-Type: The underperforming entry-luxury sedan likely will die after the 2009 model year.
Wagon: A small wagon derived from Ford Motor Co.'s stretched EUCD platform arrives in 2009. That architecture is shared with Ford's European Focus. In function and concept, the wagon will be along the lines of the short-wheelbase Mercedes R-class wagon that is sold outside of the United States. Jaguar does not want a large wagon.
S-Type: Jaguar executives will decide this year in which direction to take the next S-Type. Initially, the plan was to use a shrunken version of the all-aluminum XJ platform, which would be fast but expensive to build. But Ford bean counters are pushing for a re-engineering and restyling of the existing platform with increased use of aluminum body panels. Regardless, the vehicle will arrive in late 2007.
XJ: A Super 8luxury edition will arrive in 2006 with an opulent interior.
XK: The redesigned XK coupe and convertible will arrive in spring 2006 on the XJ's all-aluminum platform. Much of the chassis and powertrain is the same, though it was retuned for the performance of a coupe and convertible rather than the luxury of a sedan.
Defender: A shrunken version of the LR3's platform will be the foundation for the redesigned Defender in 2008. It will continue to be Land Rover's smallest vehicle.
Freelander: The redesigned Freelander will enter production in 2006, developed on the stretched EUCD platform. The Freelander will switch to a transversely mounted in-line six-cylinder engine.
Only a four-door model will be offered.
The Freelander will be assembled in the Halewood, England, plant, alongside the Jaguar X-Type.
LR3: Introduced in late 2004, no major changes are planned.
Range Rover Sport: Introduced this summer, no major changes are planned.
Range Rover: The automaker's flagship was freshened this summer. Jaguar engines replace the BMW powerplants.
Parent company Fiat transferred Maserati to the Alfa Romeo division. Maserati had been controlled by Ferrari and vehicles were developed jointly. Instead of stripping down Ferraris for Maserati, future vehicles will be engineered jointly for both Maserati and Alfa Romeo. It isn't clear when the first of these co-engineered models will appear in the United States. In the meantime, Maserati vehicles co-engineered by Ferrari will appear.
Coupe, Spyder: The coupe and Spyder will be freshened in 2007. The replacements expected in two years have been scrapped.
Quattroporte: U.S. sales of the four-door sedan began last September. The much-criticized automatic transmission will be replaced in 2006.
Kuban GT: The sporty wagon is expected in 2008, but management has not signed off on the vehicle.
Maybach: The luxury brand adds a 57 S model that is tweaked for high performance by in-house tuner AMG. The AMG V-12 twin-turbo engine produces 604 hp.
The special model also gets new paint finishes and a different grille. It goes on sale in March.
B class: Mercedes-Benz has decided against bringing the fwd five-door hatchback to the United States. The company cannot price it competitively because of the weakness of the dollar against the euro.
C class: The slow-selling C-class three-door coupe was dropped from the U.S. lineup at the end of last year. The redesigned C-class sedan will debut in 2007, followed by the station wagon in 2008 or 2009.
CLK: The coupe and convertible get a freshening this year. The engines also are upgraded. The CLK320 is replaced by the CLK350, which has a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The redesigned coupe is expected in 2007, followed by the convertible in 2008. The CLK models are based on the C-class platform.
E class: The E class is expected to be freshened in 2006.
The wheelbase of the redesigned Mercedes-Benz S class is 3 inches longer than that of the previous model. It will be unveiled in Frankfurt next month.
S class: The redesigned 2007 S class will arrive in the United States in the first quarter of 2006. Initially it will be available as the S500 with a seven-speed automatic transmission and a 382-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 engine.
The new S class is larger in every dimension than the current model. The wheelbase is 3 inches longer, and there is more interior room.
The vehicle will be unveiled at the Frankfurt auto next month.
CL: The two-door coupe is expected to be redesigned in 2006. U.S. sales are expected to begin in late 2006 or early 2007. It is derived from the S-class sedan. Expect an AMG version within 24 months.
CLS: The four-door model, which went on sale in January, has sleek coupe-like styling. A freshening is expected in 2009.
SLK: Mercedes' smallest roadster is expected to be freshened in 2008.
SL: The car's freshening will be unveiled at Geneva auto show in March. A redesign is slated after 2008.
P8: Outgoing Mercedes-Benz chief Eckhard Cordes axed the P8 sports car program. But the car has been resurrected and will be engineered by Formula One racing partner McLaren instead of Mercedes.
The car will be smaller and less expensive than the SLR McLaren. A price around $200,000 is anticipated. It is expected to debut in 2008.
The 6.3-liter V-8 mid-engine sports car will be assembled alongside the SLR McLaren at McLaren's factory in Woking, England.
Although the P8 has been turned over to McLaren, it will use many Mercedes-Benz parts; the engine will come from AMG.
SLR McLaren: Mercedes is in the second year of a seven-year contract with McLaren to produce the SLR McLaren. The exotic two-passenger gull-wing sports coupe was developed with McLaren.. The 617-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 comes from AMG.
The car sells for $452,750. Production is limited to 500 cars annually, with U.S. dealers receiving 100 to 120 cars per year.
No major changes are expected.
R class: With a length of 203 inches, the awd, six-seat sporty wagon is longer than the new-generation S class and roomier than the M-class SUV.
Two versions are assembled in Vance, Ala.; the long-wheelbase model is sold in the United States, and the short-wheelbase model is sold in Europe.
The base engine in the R350 is a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 teamed with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The R500 has a 302-hp, 5.0-liter V-8.
Small sport wagon: Now that Mercedes has killed the program to develop the Smart ForMore sport wagon, the automaker is concentrating on a larger vehicle. The ForMore was to be similar in size to the Honda CR-V.
The new sport wagon, which internally has been called both the MLK and MLX, will be developed on the C-class platform.
The likely European introduction is late 2007 or early 2008. It is not clear whether the BMW X3 competitor will be sold in the United States.
M class: The SUV was redesigned this year, switching from a body-on-frame chassis to a unibody platform. A diesel model is likely in 2007 or 2008.
G class: The aging military-like vehicle likely will be retired at the end of this year. The G name likely will be used for a new full-sized SUV that is larger than the M class and seats seven. It will share components with the M class and R class and will be assembled in Vance beginning in 2006 or early 2007.
Mini: A redesigned Mini is expected in 2007. The wheelbase will be stretched to provide more rear leg room, and the trunk space will be increased in response to complaints.
The longer wheelbase will allow Mini to develop additional body styles that were not possible with the current vehicle. A three-door hatchback is expected and a five-door is possible.
Styling isn't expected to change dramatically except for a more upright front end to meet Europe's new pedestrian safety standards.
This will be the first Mini totally developed by BMW.
Engines will be produced jointly with PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA. They include a 1.6-liter normally aspirated version for the Cooper and a turbo for the Cooper S.
The engine assembled in Brazil with DaimlerChrysler no longer will be offered.
The CVT transmission will be dropped; all vehicles will have either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.
Boxster: The redesigned Boxster and Boxster S went on sale in January.
Cayman: The coupe version of the Boxster has been given its own name, styling changes that set it apart from the roadster and a higher price.
The Cayman has 9.2 cubic feet of rear storage space - twice the cargo room of the Boxster.
It has a 295 hp, 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine teamed with a six-speed manual or five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission.
Sales begin in January.
911: The 911 Carrera coupe was redesigned last fall. No major changes are expected in the foreseeable future.
Carrera GT: This is the last year Porsche will sell its limited-edition $440,000 Carrera GT car in the United States. U.S. regulators will not give Porsche an exemption on dual-stage airbags.
Cayenne: Porsche's first SUV is midway into its lifecycle and gets freshened this fall.
This Porsche drawing depicts the Panamera sports sedan that comes in 2009.
Panamera: Porsche has approved production of a four-seat sedan that will go on sale in 2009. The rear-wheel-drive car, to be called the Panamera, will have a front-mounted engine.
Contrary to speculation, Porsche will design and build the sedan without a partner.
Porsche expects to produce 20,000 Panameras annually, with sales of about 8,000 expected in the United States.
Phantom: Rolls-Royce offers a stretched-wheelbase Phantom that is 10 inches longer than the standard car. It is sold in the Middle East and Asia. This summer, the car goes to clinics in the United States. If potential buyers like it, the model could come here in 2006.
100EX convertible: The convertible concept that debuted at the 2004 Geneva auto show has been given the green light and starts production in 2007. The convertible will have four seats. A name has not been announced.
Smaller vehicle: Rolls-Royce does not dismiss the possibility that a car smaller than the Phantom could be produced, perhaps a vehicle to compete with the smaller, less-expensive Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur.
9-2X: The next-generation 9-2X will be based on the re-engineered and restyled Subaru Impreza, both planned in 2007
The SportCombi five-door hatchback expands Saab's 9-3 lineup to three models.
9-3: Saab moves into the premium, mid-sized wagon segment with the introduction of the SportCombi this year. The 9-3 will be re-engineered and restyled in 2008 on parent company General Motors' Epsilon 2 architecture.
9-4X: GM will introduce a small, premium sport wagon in 2008 that will be built on a shorter version of its Theta architecture. An awd model is expected. The five-passenger vehicle will offer 2.8-liter and 3.5-liter V-6 engines.
9-5: The sedan and wagon will be refreshed in 2007. The 9-5 will be engineered by General Motors Europe.
Sport wagon: A sport wagon based on GM's Lambda architecture is scheduled to arrive in 2008. An awd model is likely.
9-6X: Saab's 9-6X seven-seat sport wagon was expected to debut early next year.
The vehicle shares a platform with the Subaru B9 Tribeca and will be assembled alongside the Tribeca in the Subaru plant in Lafayette, Ind.
Insiders say Saab needs a diesel variant to make it more viable in Europe. But the 9-6X's engine compartment cannot fit a diesel. The vehicle's launch is expected to be delayed at least six months to reconfigure the engine compartment.
9-7X: The SUV shares architecture with the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Sales of the 2005 9-7X began last spring. For the 2006 model year, the 4.2-liter inline-six gets a boost in power to 290 hp, from 275 hp. Cylinder deactivation is added on the 5.3-liter V-8.
If the 9-6X is a success, the 9-7X could be dropped after the 2007 model year.
The decision this year not to build the ForMore sport wagon means Smart is not coming to the United States in the foreseeable future.
The second-generation ForTwo coupe and convertible is being developed to U.S. and European specifications. But this doesn't mean the Smart decision will be reversed, since the dollar continues to be weak against the euro, creating an unfavorable exchange rate for German imports.
The redesigned 2007 Volkswagen Golf is bigger than the previous model.
Golf: The redesigned fifth-generation Golf lands stateside in May.
VW has been increasing the size of each vehicle it has replaced. The new Golf's wheelbase is 5 inches longer, and the overall length has grown about 3 inches. The vehicle is about 1 inch wider.
The Golf gets the new transversely mounted 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that debuted on the 2005 Jetta.
GTI: The redesigned three-door GTI hatchback goes on sale in February. A five-door GTI will debut in December 2006.
The GTI is positioned as a separate model in the United States, although it is a high-performance version of the Golf.
To distinguish it from the Golf, the GTI will have a high-performance 2.0-liter direction-injection multivalve 200-hp engine. There also will be styling and handling enhancements.
Jetta: The redesigned sedan went on sale in March. The more luxurious GLI goes on sale in September with a high-performance 200-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline engine.
A wagon will debut in 2006 or 2007. VW has not decided whether the station wagon will be called Jetta or get another name.
VW designers targeted fenders and fascias for the New Beetle's first styling change since it debuted in 1998
New Beetle: VW won't promise a redesign for the retro vehicle. The New Beetle gets a reskin this year and the addition of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder base engine. Two 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines are available: gasoline and diesel direct-injection engines.
If the New Beetle is redesigned, it probably will appear in 2008.
Concept C: U.S. sales for VW's first convertible with a retractable hardtop begin in May. The car will be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt auto show, where the car's name will be disclosed.
The 2+2 convertible will be based on the Concept C concept shown at the 2004 Geneva auto show. The convertible is larger than the Jetta but smaller than the redesigned Passat.
Concept R: The two-seat roadster concept shown at the 2003 Frankfurt show is likely be produced, but the timetable is not clear.
While the lightweight mid-engine rwd car will be based on the Golf platform, it is likely to be smaller to compete with the BMW Z4, Pontiac Solstice and Mazda MX-5 Miata.
It may get a supercharged direct-injection gasoline engine.
Volkswagen hopes to tempt Mercedes C-class customers with the redesigned Passat. The vehicle goes on sale this month.
Passat: The redesigned Passat goes on sale this month. Like the Jetta, the new Passat is larger than its predecessor - about 2.5 inches longer and 3 inches wider.
The vehicle is aimed at German competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz C class.
The Passat has a new 3.6-liter transversely mounted narrow-angle V-6 that gets 280 hp. Fwd cars come first, followed by an awd model late this year.
The redesigned wagon debuts in late 2006.
Premium four-door sedan: A new four-door sedan has been approved. It will be positioned above the Passat but will not be as expensive as the Phaeton. The concept is similar to the four-door Mercedes-Benz CLS. U.S. sales are expected in 2007 or 2008.
Phaeton: After a clean-out of 2004 models with incentives approaching $10,000, VW has cranked down expectations for this luxury car. U.S. sales are projected to be about 1,000 units annually.
No major changes are planned.
Minivan: A seven-passenger minivan has been promised to VW dealers. The vehicle is being designed with an eye to the United States. Details are sketchy, but it could arrive as soon as 2007.
SUV: A small SUV has been approved to compete with the Honda CR-V. It has been described as the "little brother of Touareg" and could be in the United States by 2007 or 2008. It is being developed independently of Audi's smaller sport wagon.
Touareg: The V-10 diesel has been pulled because it did not comply with EPA standards; it will return this year. A freshening is expected in 2007.
C30: Volvo will expand its car line in 2007 with the addition of the C30, a three-door hatchback that will be positioned below the S40. The C30's exterior appearance will be similar to that of Volvo's Safety Concept Car.
The C30 will share a platform with the S40, although the C30 will be 8 inches shorter than the S40.
The U.S. model may be marketed as a performance vehicle and equipped with a turbocharged five-cylinder engine.
S40: No major changes are planned.
V50: No major changes are planned.
S60: The S60 will be redesigned in 2007 and move to Ford's stretched EUCD platform. The design will continue the relatively small cabin, with long decks and overhangs.
Volvo's redesigned C70 convertible debuts next month in Frankfurt with a power-operated, retractable hardtop.
C70: Volvo's convertible will be redesigned and shift to the compact S40 platform. But the car will keep its large-car C70 nomenclature when it arrives in 2006. A retractable hardtop will replace the ragtop.
The Pininfarina-designed vehicle will share no common body panels with the S40, but it will share interior appointments.
Volvo is correcting the previous model's massive rear blind spots with a much larger glass rear window.
The C70 coupe will come within a year of the convertible.
V70: The redesigned wagon will arrive in 2007.
S80: A redesign will arrive in early 2007. The styling is more aggressive and streamlined. An initial design was scrapped in early 2004 as being too staid.
Awd will be offered. A V-8 similar to the 4.4-liter Yamaha-built powerplant in the XC90 will be optional.
V90: A large luxury wagon is still in the planning stages. Top executives in Sweden want the vehicle, but demand in America is low for a pricey wagon.
There is talk that this design has morphed from the Versatility Concept Car into something more akin to the Mercedes-Benz R class.
The V90 is expected to arrive in 2008.
XC50: This idea of a compact sedan-based sport wagon has been an on-again, off-again proposal since 2001. But the weak dollar means Volvo would have to price such a vehicle at around $28,000 if it is sold in the United States, sources say. And that doesn't pencil out.
If it is developed, it could be mounted on either the S40 platform or the larger EUCD platform and sold only in Europe, possibly as early as 2007.
XC70: A redesign is likely in early 2008. The new design looks more muscular. Although body cladding will still be present, it will appear more integrated and less slapped-on.
XC90: The inline-five cylinder turbo engine will be dropped as the base engine when a new family of inline-six engines arrives in 2007. A freshening also is planned at that time.
Rick Kranz and Jason Stein contributed to this report
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