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Swedish automaker Volvo has single handedly set an unofficial record for manufacturing sedans that last. At the moment, the automaker’s Volvo S80 model is still going strong after seven years in the market without a significant refresh or redesign which incidentally also makes it the second-oldest model in the manufacturer’s line-up. The oldest sedan in Volvo’s current range is the XC90 which is all set to get replaced by a fresher model next year. Ever since the rumors of this new model came into being, speculations surrounding the replacement for the S80 started circulating hot and heavy around the blogosphere.
However, the automaker has essentially quashed all the rumors of an S80 replacement being launched alongside the XC90 replacement next year and has gone on record saying that the S80 will continue to be a part of Volvo’s line up till 2015. By the time its replacement makes it into showrooms, the S80 would have been on the road for around a decade. However, this could be a huge advantage for both the automaker as well as customers looking to upgrade their sedans for a fresher model.
The reports currently surrounding the S80 replacement suggest that the new generation of the vehicle would also feature the architecture used in the original XC90. The S80 itself would be used to create as many as four different models all of which would share the underpinnings of the vehicle. The variants of the next gen S80 would include a 2+2 coupe replacement for the current C70 convertible, a V80 wagon and a long-wheelbase variant that might be sold in limited markets. Volvo might give its current superb inline six twin-turbo engine a miss for the replacements and might use inline four diesel engines and a turbocharged petrol unit for the new 2015 Volvo S80.