Volvo has never offered a people mover but that will reportedly change soon, at least in China.

    A heavily camouflaged prototype captured in China, as published by Car News China, shows what appears to be Volvo’s upcoming people mover.

    It’s reportedly set to launch in that market before the end of the year.

    This Volvo people mover prototype closely resembles the Zeekr 009 electric people mover. Both Volvo and Zeekr fall under the umbrella of Chinese automotive giant Geely.

    The two people mover’s’ silhouettes are virtually identical, with boxy lines and expansive greenhouses.

    The front-end styling is different to the Zeekr 009 however, with this spied Volvo people mover getting a similar LED lighting arrangement to the EX30 and EX90 electric SUVs.

    Given this spied Volvo people mover and the Zeekr 009 share a lot of their exterior styling, it’s expected their underpinnings will be the same too.

    The Zeekr 009 rides on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), and offers a choice of 116kWh and 140kWh batteries supplied by CATL.

    Quoted range figures are 702km and 822km, respectively, albeit both on the generous CLTC test cycle.

    Regardless of the battery, the 009 produces 400kW of power and 686Nm of torque from its dual-motor all-wheel drive powertrain.

    That gives it a claimed 0-100km/h time of just 4.5 seconds – heady performance for a boxy people mover. It also has a relatively slippery drag coefficient of 0.27.

    All models ride on a “high-performance” air suspension set-up, with double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension.

    The 009 measures in at 5209mm long, 2024mm wide, and 1848-1856mm tall, with a 3205mm wheelbase. This is almost identical to the new LDV MIFA and its electric MIFA 9 counterpart.

    It’s also slightly longer than the Kia Carnival, while it has a properly premium interior with heated and ventilated captain’s chairs for the first two rows, finished in Nappa leather and Ultrasuede upholstery.

    Screens in the Zeekr 009 include a 10.25-inch unit ahead of the driver, a 15.4-inch touchscreen display, and a 15.6-inch adjustable central ceiling screen. There are also 3.4-inch touchscreens on the sliding doors.

    The 009 also offers matrix LED headlights, dual sunroofs, power sliding doors, colour-adjustable ambient lighting, and a 20-speaker Yamaha sound system.

    It’s unclear whether this Volvo electric people mover will be offered in other markets outside China. Volvo has previously developed variants of its existing models that have been exclusive to China – the stretched S60L, for example – but never an exclusive model line.

    Luxury people movers are a hot commodity in Asia, particularly in China.

    Lexus recently introduced a new-generation version of the Toyota Alphard-based LM people mover that’s understood to be launching in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2023.

    MORE: Volvo EV people mover, four-seat EX90 launching in 2023

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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