GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Volvo is ready to expand its product lineup with a small sport-utility vehicle that could be made at a Land Rover plant in England. The vehicle could share a platform with the next-generation Land Rover Freelander.
The small Volvo will probably be derived from Volvo's P1X platform, basis for the S40 and V40 replacements. Hans Olov-Olsson, Volvo chief executive, said no final decision has been made on the small Volvo SUV, but he said it will "probably happen."
If approved, the program would be the first joint Premier Automotive Group platform conceived since Ford's luxury brand division was formed.
The companies are studying Land Rover's Solihull factory as a possible manufacturing site. The Volvo product could be called an XC30 or XC50. The vehicle would compete with the BMW X3. Volvo's new XC90 sport-utility is going into competition with the BMW X5.
Volvo is also studying the possibility of a large crossover vehicle that would be at the top of its lineup above the XC90 sport-utility, which is going to market in October in the USA and a month or two later in Europe. Olsson declined to be more specific about Volvo's plans.
Olsson said Volvo was not interested in competing with the Mercedes-Benz S class or BMW 7 series in the luxury executive sedan category.
During an interview at the Automotive News Europe Congress here, Olsson said: "An upper-end crossover - that would be a natural approach."