Volvo Teases What Looks Like A Ridiculously Tiny EV Crossover

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As you can likely tell from all the posts, Volvo had a big event today in Stockholm to unveil their new electric SUV, the Volvo EX90. Near the end of the main presentation, Volvo showed a little ending video and mentioned that there may be a little surprise in it. I think the adjective “little” may have been literal, because it sure looks like what they’re teasing is some sort of small EV crossover. I mean, all we have to go on is a silhouette over a lot of digital interference patterns and glitches, but that’s sure as hell what this looks like. And I hope it is, because the world needs more smaller, affordable EVs.

Here’s the video clip in question:

Since I’m currently in Europe, I didn’t have access to the usual Autopian Mainframe (an IBM PCjr floating in a kiddie pool of rust-water in David Tracy’s crawlspace) so instead I used an old Minitel terminal to contact the European Autopian Mainframe, an Oric-1 enhanced with a massively parallel array of flea collars to enhance computing power, and had it isolate and enhance the cars from the video:

Volvo Smallev

Now, we know the larger SUV is the new Volvo EX90. Using this as a size template, I think that smaller vehicle would likely be something around the size of a Jeep Renegade or Fiat 500x, perhaps even a touch smaller. It’s almost definitely a four-door, crossover-type vehicle, but it definitely looks small! The angle sort of makes it look really, really small, with proportions like a Honda 600Z:

Volvo Hondaz

But it can’t be that small, can it? Can it?

Of course, this little tease is all Volvo is giving us now, but it’s an interesting little glimpse. Volvo has a history of smaller cars (like the charming ones they appropriated from Dutch carmaker DAF), though aside from sports cars like the Volvo P1800, these aren’t really known in the US.

I’m curious to see what happens. In the meantime, I encourage wild speculation from everyone.

 

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25 Responses

      1. You’re right about the mounts but that’s a ’70 International underneath them obscured by the snow and the cat. I’ve already got some spares, though, and don’t know anyone else in need of any.

  1. Cautiously optimistic, but not holding my breath, given that small vehicles are an endangered species these days. Somewhere along the line, we decided everything needed to be morbidly obese

  2. .…if this is the same size/type of package as the C30 was? Ooof….be still, my heart. Could we maybe have a small, (comparatively) light hatchback EV on our hands?

  3. Affordable and Volvo does not really belong in the same sentence.

    I would just love something like the C1/Aygo, a good quality no nonsense 4/5 door small car, but just as an EV with a reasonable (250+ miles) range.

  4. You know…Volvo announced just this week that they’d be pure EV in Oz by 2026. Something in the premium mini eSUV space would help them monopolise that space pretty thoroughly for quite some time…

  5. ” I used an old Minitel terminal to contact the European Autopian Mainframe, an Oric-1 enhanced with a massively parallel array of flea collars to enhance computing power, and had it isolate and enhance the cars from the video:”

    Too bad you don’t have an ORAC instead. Not only would it be capable of extrapolating the dimensions of the MiniMe EX90, it would provide you with all the affection you’ve been craving.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAMPy_AhEns

  6. 1. This image makes me think of those optical tests that ask which is bigger when both are the same size.
    2. Jeep Renegades werent considered small when thru came out.
    3. The would needs small affordable EVs…. that people will actually buy in decent numbers. Size is no longer a metric in cost of production.
    I4. If and when the cost of materials comes down and demand for cars comes down and manufacturers start competing for the average consumer is when someone start designing the aforementioned vehicle.

  7. Wild speculation that is almost certainly fact: Volvo has invented a way for cars to give birth. The car on the left is the child. It isn’t fully grown but will be in 2-3 years. With this technology you can buy a car, it gives birth to your next car. When your new car is fully grown it gives birth and so on. Of course the cost of one of these great birthing machines starts in the 7-figure range.

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