The other day, it was confirmed that Volvo will finally bring the XC40 to US soil, where it will first make an appearance at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Now, the small crossover will finally hit production phase at the Swedish company’s Ghent plant in Belgium. Having said that, we can expect to see the first batch of production models roll off the production line and head off to their respective owners sometime next year.
This early, the automaker has already received 13,000 orders, so they will definitely be busy producing enough examples of the XC40 in the next couple of months. To be more specific, customers should be able to receive their vehicles early next year, according to Volvo.
Volvo Cars chief executive and president Hakan Samuelsson said that the beginning of the XC40’s production is a special day for both Ghent and Volvo, and this particular model represents a bright future for the aforementioned companies.
If you were not aware, the XC40 is Volvo’s very first to be based on the new CMA platform. Developed together with Geely, this platform will also be the base of all future models of the 40 series. Furthermore, Volvo’s plant in Ghent will be expanded and restructured so that they could meet the requirements of the new production process. Right now, models that are currently being built and assembled there include the V40 and V40 Cross Country hatches, as well as the S60 and V60.
All in all, Volvo has built over 363 new robots in the factory, and one of the robots they built is called “The Beast”. The so-called Beast is a large robot that is unique to the automaker’s global manufacturing system. Its main purpose is to lift lower car bodies to the conveyer belt close to the ceiling of the facility.
In the United States, customers can already order their XC40s from dealerships, where each one costs around $35,200 for the all-wheel drive T5 from the base Momentum trim, while they can opt for a more high-end version that is the R-Design that has a price tag of $37,700. The latter also comes with the same T5 AWD setup. For the range-topping XC40, just be ready to shell out $45,935.
In the summer of 2018, Volvo will also be expanding their lineup with the addition of the more affordable front wheel drive T4 that will have a starting price of $33,200.
To remind you of what powers the XC40, the current Volvo carries a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine. And soon after its release, expect to see a plug-in hybrid and a fully electric version of the model as well.