The new 2017 Volvo XC40 SUV will be the smallest and the most affordable SUV from the Swedish carmaker in India.
Volvo aims to sell 1,00,000 units of the XC40 within the first year of production.
The Swedish carmaker, Volvo Cars took the wraps off the highly anticipated XC40 compact SUV in Milan. The 2017 Volvo XC40 is the smallest and the first SUV to be rolled out from the brand’s new 40-series. It’s also the first Volvo to be designed on the EV-ready modular platform, which is jointly developed with owner Geely. In India, the new XC40 will face challenge from cars like Jaguar E-Pace, BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
The carmaker claims that the new Volvo XC40 will be the safest car in its league, and offer a clutter-free and highly functional cabin. Interestingly, the production-ready model of the compact SUV stays true to the XC40 SUV Concept 40.1. Most of the styling elements are borrowed from the XC90, especially the front and rear profile shares great resemblance. Sporting tall taillights, sporty rear bumper and spoiler, the compact crossover manages to look different from its elder siblings. Dimensionally, this new Volvo will be similar to the current generation XC60.
The XC40 will be the first Volvo car to be based on the brand’s new modular CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform. Interior will brim with advanced comfort and connectivity equipment including a large vertical touchscreen infotainment system on the centre stage, chrome control dials on both side and several in-car controls. The multi-functional steering wheel will be carried over from the other Volvo cars. Read – Volvo V90 Cross Country: First Drive Review
The new XC40 has recently made its world debut in Milan. The unveiling event was streamed on Facebook live from Volvo’s Milan studio. The India launch of the SUV is likely to take place sometime next year. The vehicle might make have its public debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February. Read – Locally Built Volvo XC90 Coming By Year End
|Minimum||Rs 35 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 42 lakh|
In the luxury compact SUV space, the new Volvo XC40 will compete against the Jaguar E-Pace, Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA. It will be the most affordable SUV from the Swedish luxury carmaker in the country. The XC40 price in India is likely to fall in the range of Rs 35 lakh (for the base variant) and Rs 42 lakh (for the high-spec model). Read About – New Volvo V40 & V40 Cross Country
As mentioned in the beginning, the global-spec new Volvo SUV will come with a new three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine derived from the brand’s current 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder motor. There will also be multiple petrol and diesel powertrain options along with a hybrid motor. The X40 hybrid will push out a maximum power output of 180bhp and a driving range of 48km (in full electric mode). Transmission choices will include a 7-speed automatic gearbox delivering power to the front wheels. The engine specifications of the India-bound model are likely to be revealed close to its launch. Read – Volvo XC90: All You Need To Know
In its production avatar, the new XC40 looks similar to the Concept 40.1. The SUV carries a futuristic design, and features signature Thor’s Hammer headlamps with integrated DRL (daytime running lights). The front profile is further accentuated by chromed grille, prominent bumper and a well-sculpted bonnet. The car also features a contrasting colour glass roof and badging on the front and back. Read – All Volvo Cars To Get Electric Motor Option From 2019
The L shaped brake lights are carried over from the concept. It also gets deeply sculpted doors. Other design highlights include flared wheel arches, nice elegant lines, new headlamps with DRLs, etc. The silhouette and shape of the car is similar to its larger siblings – XC60 and XC90, but with compact dimensions.
Most of the interior features are shared with the bigger XC60 or XC90s. Volvo will use plush materials along with a wide range of high-tech features. Uncluttered centre console gets Volvo’s large portrait infotainment system, while the top-end model is likely to come with a digital instrument display. The dashboard features control dials with chrome surround on both side and it also has several in-car controls. The SUV sources the three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel from other XC’s, but it doesn’t get paddle shifters.
The XC40 is the first Volvo to feature the ‘Care by Volvo’ subscription service that provides “digital concierge services”. This five-seater premium SUV also gets a wide centre armrest for the driver and co-passenger and several cubby holes. The SUV offers highly functional storage spaces including the centre console tunnel with small storing compartment, foldaway hook and storage space under the front seats. The removable bin and card slots on the dashboard create more storage space. In fact, the SUV gets a smart floor system providing ample luggage area.
Based on the new Volvo CMA architecture, the XC40 will be the smallest SUV in the Volvo lineup. Set to rival BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes GLA, the small SUV is expected to be launched in India in 2018.