2018 Volvo XC40 small premium SUV makes its official debut

Article by Christian A., on September 22, 2017

With the introduction of the new Volvo XC40, the carmaker is now able to cover three size sections of the global SUV market, which is considered as the fastest growing segment. Volvo is hoping that the new XC40 would allow it to take advantage of the ever-growing demand for SUVs around the world, enabling it to rake in more sales and become more profitable.

At launch, the new Volvo XC40 will be available in various trim levels, like the Momentum and R-Design. The entry-level trim and range-topping Inscription versions are due to be introduced later after the launch. XC40 models with the Momentum trim are provided, as standard, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a nine-inch touch screen infotainment system with navigation.

Also standard are LED headlights, Sensus Connect Internet, dual-zone climate control and rear parking assist as well as leather heated front seats and 18-inch alloy wheels. When the R-Design trim is availed, twin exhaust tips and a lowered sport suspension is provided. The R-Design trim also includes leather and aluminum trim in the cabin with black highlights on the exterior.

The new Volvo XC40 is also laden with a wide array of safety and driver assistance features like Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, Cross Traffic alert with brake support, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, City Safety, as well as the 360-degree Camera. Convenience is likewise aplenty in the new XC40 as the new small SUV offers functional storage space in the doors and under the seats, as well as a removable waste bin in the tunnel console and a fold-out hook for small bags.

Volvo will commence production of the new XC40 at its Ghent site in Belgium in November. The carmaker has already started taking orders for its new small premium SUV.

Powertrain

The new Volvo XC40 is the first vehicle that is underpinned by Volvo’s new modular vehicle architecture (CMA) – co-developed within Geely -- that will also underpin all other cars in the 40 Series.

At launch, the new Volvo XC40 will be available with two powertrain options: the T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E that delivers around 244 hp of max output, and the D4 diesel mill that could generate up to 188 hp of output.

However, the Swedish carmaker plans to offer more powertrain options for the new XC40 sometime after the launch. These new powertrains include a new boosted three-cylinder engine that develops around 156 of max output. Also in the pipeline is a hybrid version as well as an all-electric variant.

Press Release

New XC40 completes global Volvo line-up for fast-growing premium SUV segment

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today further expands its line-up of SUVs with the launch of its new XC40 small premium SUV in Milan, Italy.

At the same time as it introduces the XC40, Volvo Cars also reinvents the traditional model of car ownership with its new ‘Care by Volvo’ subscription service. Care by Volvo, first available on the XC40 from launch, makes having a car as transparent, easy and hassle free as having a phone.

A monthly flat-fee subscription means down payments, price negotiations and local price differences belong to the past. Depending on regional availability, Care by Volvo will also include access to a range of digital concierge services such as fuelling, cleaning, service pick-up and e-commerce delivery to the car. The XC40 with Care by Volvo is available to order online from today in selected markets.

XC40 drivers will also be the first Volvo customers who can share their car with friends and family via Volvo on Call with a new digital key technology. Car sharing comes as standard for Care by Volvo customers.

The arrival of the XC40 means that for the first time in its history, Volvo Cars has three new, globally available SUVs in what is the fastest growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth in terms of sales and profitability.

The new XC40 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. Co-developed within Geely, CMA provides the company with the necessary economies of scale for this segment.

“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.”

In terms of technology, the XC40 brings the award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from the new 90- and 60 Series cars to the small SUV segment. Like its larger siblings, the XC40 highlights the transformational effect of these new, in-house developed technologies on brand and profitability.

These technologies make the XC40 one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs on the market. Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360° Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.

The XC40 also offers a radically new approach to storage inside the car. Ingenious interior design provides XC40 drivers with, among other things, more functional storage space in the doors and under the seats, a special space for phones including inductive charging, a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.

From start of production, the XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.

Production of the new XC40 starts in Volvo Cars’ plant in Ghent, Belgium in November, while order books and the Care by Volvo subscription package are open for customers now.

Source: Volvo

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