Although the concept of a high-end minivan may seem weird, Lexus sells the LM in China in order to take on the Buick GL8. With the EM90, Volvo hopes to get a piece of the action. It won’t directly compete with those two expensive family haulers, though, as it will use an electric drivetrain instead of a combustion engine. Here is what the first Volvo MPV might look like, as teased a few days ago in advance of its unveiling on November 12.
This design exercise is not a guess, despite being a speculative rendering. It closely resembles the original teaser video and heavily references the Zeekr 009, which the EM90s is said to be built on. Accountants would say that Volvo couldn’t afford it to develop a new minivan from scratch, especially since the customer base is unlikely to be large seeing as how people continue to flock to SUVs.
The Swedish company has access to easily available hardware because it is a part of the enormous Geely corporate structure. According to the preview from last week, the massive, boxy body will virtually remain the same while still retaining the distinctive Volvo design elements. After modifying the front grille and lights, it should appear much less spectacular than the Zeekr 009.
The 2024 Volvo EM90 is anticipated to include a three-row interior and be equipped with sliding doors on both sides, while it’s not difficult to picture an ultra-luxury variant with two rows of seating and individual back seats. The MPV, which claims to give the impression of a “Scandinavian living room on the move,” is anticipated to be supported by Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture.
The model will be on the larger side, as indicated by the “90” designation. That shouldn’t come as a surprise given that the Zeekr 009 measures 205 inches long, 80 inches wide, and 74 inches tall with a wheelbase that measures a regal 126 inches. Geely’s second upscale brand offers 2+2+2 and 2+2 layouts for its MPVs.
Volvo doesn’t plan to sell the EM90 in the United States. It’s also not coming to Europe where Lexus has surprisingly decided to bring the second-generation LM. However, a company spokesperson told Automotive News other markets are being considered outside of China.