Swedish auto-maker Volvo Cars has further expanded its SUVs portfolio and has introduced its new compact SUV Volvo XC40 in Milan. The third SUV in company’s product line-up is is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series including fully electrified vehicles. The company shares this platform with its Chinese parent company Geely. Volvo says that this new platform (CMA) provides the company with the necessary economies of scale for this segment. Initially, Volvo XC40 will be available in a D4 diesel and T5 petrol engine options globally and going forward the company confirms the addition of a hybrid and pure electric variant as well. Volvo XC40 is also the first Volvo car to get the new three-cylinder engine. The design of the Volvo’s new SUV is similar to that we have seen on the Volvo XC60 and Volvo XC 90. It gets the Volvo family design front grille, Thor hammer shaped LED DRLs and is very similar to the concept the 40.1 concept that was showcased earlier in 2017. Volvo XC40 will continue to get a five-seater cabin as we have seen on other SUVs.
Volvo has added its signature vertical infotainment system on the dashboard and it supports both Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto. Volvo says that the new SUV has been developed around the challenges of modern city life, the XC40 aims to make the daily urban commute less stressful and more enjoyable. It gets similar safety, connectivity features as in Volvo 90 and 60 Series vehicles.
“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up. So it only feels natural to reveal the XC40 here in Milan, a buzzing European hotspot for fashion, art, design and lifestyle.” Safety and driver assistance features offered on the Volvo XC40 include Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with auto brake and the 360° Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.
Volvo XC40 will take on the likes of Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and the electric variant will compete with Jaguar E-Pace. Production of the new XC40 starts in the company's manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium in November. In all possibility the Volvo XC40 will make its India debut in 2018. The company has already announced its plans to setup a new assembly unit near Bengaluru earlier this year and confirmed that all models based on Volvo's SPA modular vehicle architecture will be assembled locally in India starting with the Volvo X90.
Håkan Samuelsson had said that “Starting vehicle assembly in India is an important step for Volvo Cars as we aim to grow our sales in this fast-growing market and double our market share in the luxury segment in coming years.“