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Polestar Performance Upgrades Coming to Volvo SUVs

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/20/2014 Megan Stewart

The Polestar name has been well-known in the touring car racing scene for decades, but it wasn't until the Polestar-tuned Volvo S60 and V60 arrived that the performance marque made it into the Volvo lineup. Now, those same performance upgrades will make their way onto the automaker's lineup of SUVs.

While Polestar currently offers engine upgrades for the entire Volvo lineup, only the S60 Polestar offers an upgraded chassis, body, and interior. Polestar owner Christian Dal previously mentioned his interest in turning the V40 into a hot hatch, but right now it looks as if the SUV segment has the attention of the performance brand. 2016 Volvo XC90 R Design Passenger Side View© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Volvo XC90 R Design Passenger Side View

"Now we have the credibility from motorsport and the sedan models then I think we can expand the brand into the SUV segment," Dahl told Australia's Drive. "And maybe to start with we can do a small one, with the XC60 and then we can do the XC90."

But the SUVs won't be the only models to receive changes. Volvo's S60 and V40 may get a next-generation 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder based off the automaker's new Drive-E engines. Developed with help from Polestar, the engine produced roughly 449 hp in prototype form. Dahl wouldn't say exactly how much power a production application of the engine could make, but he did say it would offer more benefits than just increased power over the current 3.0-liter V-6 turbo.

Hinting that more Polestar-tuned models could be in the works, Dahl went on to say that the "basic architecture with the Drive-E is going to be the same for all models at Volvo so that opens up a lot of possibilities." With the success that the S60 and V60 Polestar models have had here in the U.S., we expect the XC60 and XC90 Polestar models to be a big hit when they finally arrive.

Volvo XC90 R-Design Pictured.

Source: Drive

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