How Volvo XC60 Polestar Would Torch Audi SQ5, BMW X3 M

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The best developments that have come out of Volvo in recent years are the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platforms that underpin the automaker’s revamped lineup of vehicles. But it doesn’t stop there.

The Swedish brand’s recently acquired performance division Polestar has some big plans for its vehicles as well. As per Road & Track, the current Polestar models are going to be the last that run purely on gas.

When the next-gen Polestar models arrive, they would be running on hybrid power and would generate at least 400hp. This means that for the upcoming Volvo XC60, its performance variant would really raise the bar against the BMW X3 M and Audi SQ5 which equally deliver 354hp.

The automaker’s goal in the realm of performance has been quite clearly expressed. According to the head of Volvo’s North American operations Lex Kerssemakers:

“Copycat does not make any sense. We’re not going to make the ultimate racing car; we want to make performance cars that are useable day in and day out, and that’s what Polestar reflects.”

At the moment, Volvo’s S60 and V60 Polestart are capable of 362hp and like the XC60 would be awaiting the extra boost from an electric motor to take it north of 400hp.