Volvo’s model segmenting is pretty clear these days. The 90 series vehicles are the largest, while the 40 series are the smallest. Well, apparently the 40’s may not always be the smallest Volvos on the marketplace. In a recent interview with Car And Driver Volvo USA boss Lex Kerssemakers appears to have confirmed a smaller series.
“It’s pretty straightforward: The 90 is the biggest, and the 40 is the smallest,” Kerssemakers told Car And Driver. “And when there is a 20, it will be a smaller one.”
Kerssemakers’ comment seems to be a rather blunt confirmation of smaller Volvos in the works. That, or a total misstatement on his part, but that seems unlikely from an automotive executive in a planned interview environment.
Smaller Volvos are not terribly surprising. A theoretical XC20 crossover could go up against the Audi Q1, BMW X1 and rumored Mercedes-Benz GLB. Subsequently a S20 sedan could go up against the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan and BMW 1-Series. Also in theory, these 20 series Volvos could be based on the company’s existing Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which already underpins some of the brand’s smaller models.
Volvo most recently made a stag at compact vehicles with the C30 hatchback, which was launched during the 2007 model year. The C30, despite enthusiast fanfare, never sold in any meaningful volumes globally. It was discontinued during the 2013 model year.