Volvo XC40 unveiled globally, India launch likely in 2018

Volvo XC40 unveiled globally, India launch likely in 2018

Volvo has this week expanded its already extensive SUV offerings with the launch of the new XC40.

The XC40 also offers a radically new approach to storage inside the vehicle.

The XC40 will edge Volvo closer to its medium-term sales target of 800,000 cars, up from 534,332 past year and is the first model to come off a new modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which was developed with Geely in a bid to keep down costs and boost flexibility. But given what has been said in the United Kingdom, a major country for right-hand-drive cars, Volvo could be starting with a top-to-down approach for the XC40 in Thailand, where a possible debut could take place at the Bangkok motor show in March (the redesigned XC60 is due before that and likely at the year-ending Motor Expo). In the USA we won't get the diesel. "It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo lineup", Samuelsson said in a statement.

Volvo introduced the Sensus infotainment system in the XC90 with a large, portrait-format touchscreen, so of course, the XC40 benefits from this innovation as well.

However, Volvo provides a new option for XC40 ownership besides the typical financing or leasing.

The Volvo XC40 is Volvo's answer to the Mercedes GLA, Audi Q2 and BMW X1, so it has to not only be good, but it has to be different.

"They are not huge numbers but they are consistent with where the brand has been".

SUVs have been growing in popularity in recent years and are expected to make up nearly half of all sales within the C-segment by 2020, data from IHS Markit shows, compared with just 20 percent a decade earlier.

Volvo will begin taking orders for the SUV in Europe and the US this month.

The 2018 Volvo XC40 T5 will come out first at a price of $35,200, while the XC40 T4 will appear next summer, with prices starting at $33,200. Automatic and manual transmission options are also on offer which can be paired to a front- or all-wheel drive system.

Volvo's optional equipment includes its semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, which can steer, accelerate and brake the vehicle in certain settings; a 360-degree camera to help drivers maneuver in and out of tight parking spaces; as well as a system the guides the vehicle into a parking spot.

A plug-in hybrid will be coming next year featuring a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine (which is probably a modular motor with one-cylinder lopped off from the 2.0-litre sibling).

The XC40's standard safety features include Volvo's fourth-generation City Safety crash-prevention technology, which can prevent crashes at speeds up to 60 kph; features that stop the vehicle from running off the road and help the SUV avoid a head-on collision; as well as lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist.

XC40 is based on a new modular platform CMA (Compact Modular Architecture). Volvo also plans to make the XC40 in Luqiao, China, for the local market.

Production of the new XC40 starts in Volvo Cars' plant in Ghent, Belgium in November and it is expected to go on sale in Australia in the second quarter of 2018.