Volvo has been eyeing India as their next hub and had recently announced that it will be commencing local assembly of its cars in India this year itself. Alongside this, the company has been testing the new XC40 which suggests that this will be a completely new car that would have Volvo's new design language. Although the vehicle spied was under camouflage, however, the front exudes the 'Thor's Hammer' headlamps with Daytime Running Lamps. Unlike the emphasis on the Swedish carmaker's SPA (Scalable Product Architecture) platform, the new XC40 will be based on the CMA platform (Compact Modular Platform). When introduced, the new crossover will compete with the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. This makes even more sense for Volvo India to launch the XC40 which is expected to roll out in 2018.
The interiors have also gone through a sea of changes. Gone are the plethora of buttons that were are now gone -- thank the heavens -- and they have been replaced by the single large touch screen with a few buttons. Although the vents that appear to flank the screen appear to be smaller than those that were shown on the prototype.
The engine is likely to feature a 1.5 litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a four cylinder diesel. Volvo have also confirmed that the XC90 will also be available with a plug-in Hybrid. Volvo have said that the XC90 will be available globally from 2018, however, it is uncertain at this point whether the baby cross-over will actually make it to India.
Although logic would say that the XC40 should be the ideal product for Volvo, to establish itself in the subcontinent. It would compete directly with the GLA and the BMW X1. Since Volvo have always been bang on with their price-points in India. The XC40 could be a great product, should Volvo be manufacturing them locally and get their price point correct.
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