For the 2018 New York Auto Show, Volvo is expected to introduce a new model for us. In fact, they are introducing two models, namely the range topping Inscription trim of the 2019 XC40 and the 2019 V60.
Of course, to makes the XC40 Inscription stand out, it has been given features that can’t be found in other cars. The company’s image has elements like leather upholstery with nicely bolstered seats upfront. The panels and pillars then got some black trim, contrasted by gray wood trim, while the infotainment system is then covered in metal. It sits on a set of wheels with five sets of dual spokes. The Swedish automaker also says that the Inscription has a long list of standard equipment that is uncommon in the compact premium SUV market.
Though Volvo does not specify, the XC40 Inscription will likely use a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 258 pound feet (350 Newton metres) of torque. This is coupled to an eight speed automatic that sends power to the all wheel drive system. This is the same mill that was installed in the XC40 in the United States when it was first launched.
Feedback from those who have already seen the XC40 R-Design available in Europe had been mostly positive. The car stays close to the ground as you accelerate, and the XC40 is collected in the city. Power delivery is pretty linear and you’ll barely notice the transmission shifting.
The new V60 moves with Volvo’s Scalable Product Architecture similar to the design of the company’s other modern products. In the US, it will be available in either 250 horsepower (186 kilowatts) for the front wheel drive or 316 horsepower (235 kilowatts) with all wheel drive. This is paired to an eight speed automatic that comes with both versions. Right now, a high riding Cross Country variant is set to join the range later. However, it is not known yet when it will come to the United States.
The Swedish luxury automaker now transitions into its next growth stage, with the wagon and a luxury trim of the XC40 compact SUV. Both models will make their North American debut at the New York International Auto Show next week. Finally, we will be able to see the latest models in Volvo’s product refresh, both of which embody the company’s heritage and progressive outlook.
Moreover, the fact that the XC40 will arrive makes it the first time in history that the automaker will have three SUVs in their fastest growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth with regards to sales and profitability. This gives the automaker better odds to penetrate the market.