Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture will spread across the Swedish manufacturer's range
The Volvo XC90 features an all-new rear axle design
The XC90's wishbone suspension is totally new
The XC90 is the first Volvo to use "SPA"
The XC90's chassis is totally new for the 2014 car
Most of the platform is flexible, with benefits for designers and accountants
The range of engines available on the XC90 includes a "twin-engine" hybrid
The XC90's body structure
Volvo's designers claim the XC90's headlights evoke "Thor's Hammer"
The XC90 is also available with air suspension
Many of the world's car manufacturers have decided that flexible, modular platforms are the way of the future. Volkswagen's MQB underpins everything from the VW Golf to Audi's TT coupe, and there are more MQB-based cars to come. Volvo is keen to get in on the action with its Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which will debut in the upcoming XC90 SUV and then extend across the Swedish manufacturer's range.
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