Volvo is working on a car sized to rival the Volkswagen Golf that will come as both a hatchback and a sedan.
According to Automobile magazine, the Swedish maker has begun development in partnership with Chinese parent company Geely. The car will not ride on its Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA), which apparently can’t be crunched down further than the V40.
Instead, the two makers are working on a new architecture that will rival cars sized like the Golf — although that seems strange because the V40 really is sized similarly to the Golf. In fact, the Volvo’s wheelbase is about 0.4 inches longer.
Meanwhile, it sounds like SPA will underpin the V40 at the small end. A new XC40 is also apparently on the way. Automobile also reported that an S90 will be built, although brand boss Hakan Samuelson said last month that the brand will not build a flagship to compete with cars like the BMW 7 Series, due in large part to the segment’s large engine status quo.