Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
September 24, 2013
Despite Volvo CEOs Stefan Jacoby and Hakan Samuelsson saying a flagship sedan isn't a good idea for the brand, Geely's chairman Li Shufu has been pushing for it for awhile. Shufu's pestering seems to be working as he told Chinese media last week that Volvo will be building a flagship.
Tentatively called the S100, the sedan will utilize Volvo's Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) architecture and be much longer and luxurious than the S80. The S100 will be built and sold in China. Shufu didn't say if the S100 would be exported.
Shufu also didn't mention what would be powering the S100 would could present a problem. Volvo has announced they would be dropping their five and six-cylinder engines in favor of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. A four-cylinder flagship sedan really isn't doing any favors, even if it is producing 400+ horsepower.