JAY RAMEY

Volvo hints at C90 coupe by 2020

Jay Ramey is an associate editor with Autoweek, a sister publication of Automotive News.

The debut of the Volvo S90 came with the news that the Swedish automaker would also resurrect the V90 nameplate, absent since the 1998 model year, on a large station wagon that will sit at the top of the range and will likely have its own Cross Country variant.

But Volvo isn't forgetting the car that previewed the S90 sedan in the first place: the Volvo Concept Coupe that debuted at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Speaking with the U.K's Auto Express, Volvo's senior vice president of design, Thomas Ingenlath, indicated that a large coupe based on the S90 and V90 cars was in the cards, but that it would arrive later than the rest of the range, which is now expected to consist of three body styles, not counting versions like a V90 Cross Country.

“The flexibility of SPA would easily allow for something like a coupe," Ingenlath told Auto Express.

A large coupe based on the S90 would be expected to rival the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and the BMW 6-Series, and would use powerplants that will also be offered in the S90. The potential coupe could be badged C90, per Volvo's nomenclature, and would occupy a spot just above the now-defunct C70 model, possibly offered in coupe in and convertible form, as with its predecessors starting with the 850-based C70 in the 1990s.

Since the demise of the C70, Volvo's lineup has been without a large coupe or convertible either in North America or on its home continent. While the C70 was never a model that made or broke Volvo's sales targets, it nevertheless occupied a crucial premium spot within the brand's lineup.

Ingenlath also played down the prospect of a sedan larger than the S90 taking on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class head on, while allowing for the possibility of a longer-wheelbase variant -- a version that has been all but assumed to be in the works for the S90 range -- further down the line.

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