Volvo Cars has revealed plans to introduce its own version of the 009 electric vans from the Geely Group’s Zeekr brand in China towards the end of 2023.
Volvo has unveiled plans to sell an all-electric minivan in China, where it will be one of the company’s top-of-the-line cars, alongside the EX90 SUV. There is no information on when it will be released or whether it will be sold outside of China. But we have a pretty decent idea as to which newly launched car it will be matched to.
The news that there will be a Volvo version came during a media briefing held by Qin Peiji, President of Volvo Cars Greater China Sales Company. According to some reports, Volvo will reveal its electric people carrier in concept form in the third quarter of 2023 and the production version will be shown and launched before the end of the year.
The six-seat Zeekr 009 is a vehicle of the same design that rides on the same Geely Sustainable Experience Architecture platform that the Volvo will be manufactured on. It resembles the Swedish manufacturer’s reimagining of the Volvo electric MPV. It includes a large 140 kWh battery pack and a dual-motor all-wheel drive system with 536 horsepower, giving it a stated range of 511 miles/822 kilometers.
During a press conference given by Qin Peiji, President of Volvo Cars Greater China Sales Company, it was announced that there will also be a Volvo model. Volvo will unveil its electric people carrier in concept form in the third quarter of 2023, and the production version will be displayed and unveiled before the year is through.
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Both Volvo and Zeekr vehicles will be sold in China, but neither brand’s parent corporation, Geely, will offset the other’s sales. Therefore, it is assumed that the Volvo model would be positioned more affluently than the 009, which presently has a starting price in China of just under $75,000.
Later on, a cheaper Zeekr 009 with rear-wheel drive will be made available, although Volvo could decide to keep their model all-wheel drive-only to charge higher prices for it.
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