Today, Volvo has a pretty complete range of new SUVs. These models vary from the largest XC90 to the smallest model which is the XC40. At the top of the range is the S90 along with the V90. Now, it is time for them to update the smaller cars in its lineup, and we mean their sedans and crossovers. In fact, the company is already testing for the new S60 and V60, and according to Auto Express, Volvo executives exactly know what they want from the new V40.
Starting with the V40 hatchback, the next generation model will now sit on a CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform just like that of the XC40. They will be built on the same wheelbase too. Apart from that, Volvo thinks that both vehicles can share a number of components, such as their powertrains and infotainment systems.
When Volvo launches the V40, it will initially be equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Aside from this, a plug-in hybrid may be available from the beginning too, if not later on towards its life cycle. In Europe, a diesel option will be available too following a fully electric version later on.
Volvo’s head of research and development, Henrik Green, told Auto Express that each electric car will have at least two different battery sizes. The first option will be more affordable but it will have a limited range, while the other option will have more power and range, and will cost more too.
Come 2019, the automaker plans to launch a fully electric version of this, riding in the same CMA platform. The model will likely be built in China and will have a 100 kilowatt-hour battery with at least 250 miles (402 kilometers) range.
While the pictured XC40 resembles the 40.1 concept, the V40 will look more like a 40.2 concept, but with a hatchback instead of a trunk - that’s for the S40. Each model will have a different driving experience, where the XC40 aims for urban environment, with the right amount of comfort and a commanding view of the traffic. Green also said that they will not necessarily follow this for the upcoming 40-series models.
The automaker plans to give their smaller 40-series models a different approach when it comes to style - by making them look more adventurous, also so it could go up against the VW Golf. This is their way of giving their smaller cars more character as opposed to making them look like shrunken versions of the larger models. We can’t wait to see what Volvo has planned for their smaller cars.