To be the most affordable Volvo SUV in India, the new 2017 Volvo XC40 SUV will rival the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.
Volvo, the Swedish luxury carmaker will soon unveil the much-awaited new 2017 Volvo XC40 SUV in the International market. Likely to make global debut in the second half of this year, the premium SUV is currently in testing phase. The company had showcased the SUV in the form of the Concept 40.1. It will be the first SUV in the new ’40-series; once launched globally. Adding to it, the Swedish luxury carmaker is also working on the next generation models of the V40 and the V40 Cross Country.
The new Volvo XC40 SUV will rival the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the Mercedes GLA. It will be the first Volvo model to feature the company’s new modular CMA architecture. In fact, the base development work of the car has already been completed. Going by the market trends, we can expect this SUV to come India as well in the next 2 years.
In terms of styling, the XC40 gets the signature Thor’s Hammer headlamps and the familiar front fascia. Volvo claims that the SUV will have similar dimensions as the current gen XC60. On the inside, the SUV has the large vertical touchscreen infotainment system on the centre stage, chrome control dials on both side and several in-car controls. It features the multi-functional steering wheel shared with other Volvo cars. For power, the SUV will come in petrol and diesel engines. The base variant could get a 3-cylinder engine, while the top-end model will get a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Read – Volvo XC90 All You Need To Know
The new XC40 SUV is scheduled to make its global debut towards the end of this year. We expect this SUV to make its way to Indian market in 2018. A possible debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo can’t be ignored.
To be positioned against the Mercedes GLA & Audi Q3, the premium SUV could be priced in the range of Rs 35 lakh to Rs 42 lakh. Read – New Volvo V40 & V40 Cross Country Launched in India
The SUV will also mark the introduction of Volvo’s new modular 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine. This new engine line-up is derived from the company’s existing 4-cylinder 2.0L diesel and petrol units. The new 1.5L unit will also be offered in both petrol and diesel derivatives and in both turbo and without turbocharging options.
Adding to it, the top-end XC40 will also get a petrol-powered plug-in hybrid (PHEV) unit named the T5 Twin Engine. While the 3-cylinder petrol unit will produce around 182bhp, the electric motor develops 75bhp. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels of the SUV via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The hybrid version will run up to 48km in full-electric mode.
Going by the pictures, the production version of the XC40 looks largely identical to the Concept 40.1. Features like big front end and flat roofline, and L shaped brakelights have been directly lifted from the concept. The SUV is likely to get contrasting black roof and deeply sculpted doors. Other design elements include flared wheel arches, nice elegant lines, new headlamps with DRLs, etc.
The XC40 will be Volvo’s most affordable SUV and is expected to source most of interior features from the bigger XC60 or XC90s. It is likely to be equipped with plush materials and high-tech features. Uncluttered centre console will get Volvo’s large portrait infotainment system, while the top-end model is likely to gt a digital instrument display. The dashboard features control dials with chrome surround on both side and it also has several in-car controls. It also sources its three-spoke multi-functional steering wheel from other XC’s, but it doesn’t get paddle shifters. There is a wide centre armrest for the driver and co-passenger and several cubby holes. It will only come as a five-seater premium SUV.
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.