The all-new 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 is ready to foray into compact SUV segment with the all-new XC40. Claimed to be “among the safest, well-equipped compact SUVs available”, the 2018 Volvo XC40 first broke cover on September 21, 2017 in Milan. It was also showcased at the recently-concluded 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Interestingly, the 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.
– Production of the new Volvo SUV is already underway at the carmaker’s Ghent facility in Belgium. Volvo Cars has received 13,000 pre-bookings for the car, while its delivery will begin from early next year.
– The company has confirmed engine and feature details of the India-bound XC40. The SUV carline will include Momentum and Inscription trims along with R-Design variants and a ‘First Edition’ version. One must note that the R-Design variants will be offered with petrol T5 engine only. There will be two powertrain options – a 190bhp, 2.0L diesel (D4) and a 247bhp, 2.0L petrol (T5) – paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The carmaker has also revealed that the SUV will get the 150bhp, 2.0L diesel (D3) engine with FWD (front-wheel-drive) at a later stage.
– Thor’s Hammer headlamps with DRLs
– Prominent bumper
– Well-sculpted bonnet
– Contrasting colour glass roof
– L-shaped brake lights
– Flared wheel arches
– Volvo’s large portrait infotainment system
– Three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel
– ‘Care by Volvo’ subscription service
– Highly functional storage spaces
– Smart floor system for more luggage room
– Clutter-free cabin Read – Volvo V90 Cross Country: First Drive Review
The new XC40 had its global debut in September, 2017 in Milan. The SUV also be showcased at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show that took place in the first week of December. The compact SUV might make its India debut at the 2018 Auto Expo in February, followed by the launch. The carmaker has confirmed that it will introduce its smallest SUV – Volvo XC40 – in India by mid 2018. 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. This new SUV will be brought via CBU (Completely Built Unit) route that means it will be feasible to heavy import duties. Despite a CBU unit, it will be the most affordable SUV from the Swedish luxury carmaker in the country. The Volvo XC40 price in India is likely to start from Rs 35 lakh for the base variant and go up to Rs 42 lakh for the range-topping model. Read About – New Volvo V40 & V40 Cross Country
Volvo has confirmed that the India-spec XC40 will be offered with two engines – a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder diesel (D4) and a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder petrol (T5) –producing 190bhp and 247bhp respectively. Both the motors will be paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The AWD (all-wheel-drive) system will be standard across the carline. The company will also introduce a 2.0-litre diesel (D3) engine on the SUV, but at a later stage. This oil burner will churn out a peak power of 150bhp, and get the front wheel drivetrain system.
On the other hand, the SUV’s global-spec model will be offered 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 return a maximum power output of 180bhp and a driving range of 48km (in full electric mode). Transmitting power to the front wheels will be a 7-speed automatic gearbox. Read – Volvo XC90: All You Need To Know
The XC40 will be the first Volvo car to be based on the brand’s new modular CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform. The production avatar of the new XC40 stays true to the Concept 40.1. Most of the styling elements are borrowed from the XC90, especially the front and rear profile shares great resemblance. Though, the compact crossover manages to look different from its elder siblings with elements such as tall taillights, sporty rear bumper and spoiler.
Carrying a futuristic design, the car features signature Thor’s Hammer headlamps with integrated DRL (daytime running lights) and 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. 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. The range-topping Inscription trim will get six-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels and chrome window trim. On the other hand, the R-Design variant will come with five-spoke, 18-inch alloys and a blacked-out roof and mirrors. The XC40 First Edition will be exclusively offered with active headlamps and powered tailgate. 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. The uncluttered centre console gets Volvo’s 9.0-inch portrait touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Features such as digital instrument display and rear parking assist will also be standard on the carline. 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”. The Inscription trim will additional get an Orrefors crystal gear lever, a powered driver’s seat with memory function, wood inlays, part-leather seats and ambient lighting. On the other hand, the R-Design petrol models will feature sporty aluminium inlays, perforated leather finish on gear lever and steering wheel and leather seat upholstery. In fact, the R-Design variants will get a ‘Sports chassis’ with stiffer springs that will enhance its drivability. The ‘First Edition’ will be loaded with some highly-advanced features such as a Harman sound system, wireless mobile phone charging and Pilot Assist.
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. 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. The radar-based safety functions will debut on the SUV. Other key safety features will include Volvo’s City Safety, oncoming lane mitigation, adaptive cruise control, blind sport information and run-off road mitigation.
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.