Volvo remains its offensive which started with the redesigned XC90 for the 2016 model year. Then this brand launched 2017 S90 sedan and V90 section truck can join to 90 Series as well. For the 2018 model year, Swedish brand is also working on the second-generation of its best-selling XC60. Volvo will not start there as it will also offer a new entry-level crossover in early 2018. This model could be introduced at the next Shanghai Auto Show and could carry on sale as the 2018 Volvo XC40 or even as the 2019 model.
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM THIS MODEL?
The new XC40 was discovered while testing in cold weather conditions and knowing by the spy pictures this model will follow virtually identical design as the 40.1 Concept car which was found in 2016. The new crossover in Volvo’s choice can sit on the new platform which debuted on the mentioned Concept car. It may also be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines while it should also get plug-in hybrid powertrain. Volvo will also equip this compact car with the newest protection features.
2018 VOLVO XC40: PLATFORM, DESIGN
The 2018 Volvo XC40 can be the first Volvo’s production model to adopt the new Compact Modular Structure which Volvo co-developed having its parent company Geely. This platform is the unique version from the Scalable Solution Structure developed to underpin lighter and smaller vehicles like other models from the 40 Series including the V40 hatchback and S40 small sedan. What is also crucial about that platform is the truth that it claims implementation of advanced electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving plus processed dynamics.
On the other hand, knowing by the heavily camouflaged prototype, it seems that shows version will not vary much from the 40.1 Concept car. The prototype seems to have concept’s contours in its top area as well as angled C-pillars. Aside from that, it should follow some design elements from the XC90. The new crossover will feature concave grille, Thor claw headlights and L-Shaped taillights. The side cells should display curved-up beltline.
We do not know much about model’s interior as spy shots don’t show it and Volvo also hides facts about it. Nevertheless, we expect some characteristics with the XC90. The model will more than likely follow common clean and elegant design with the real timber and chrome accents. It will also include vertical-oriented center touchscreen with the latest infotainment features.
What Volvo also claims for the 40 Series is the innovative normal safety package which includes Volvo’s Pilot Assist.
2018 VOLVO XC40: POWERTRAINS
In the engine department, the new 2018 Volvo XC40 can provide three- and four-cylinder engines. A new 1.5-liter engine with three cylinders is likely to be available with shut to 200 hp. The four-cylinder engines will also be accessible and petrol-powered models should have T2 and T3 badges. Outside the US, Volvo should also provide D2, D3 as well as D5 diesel powertrains.
Nevertheless, the most powerful should be the models with the T5 badge. They ought to include the T5 Twin Engine setup related like in the XC90. This plug-in powertrain should consist of 180 horsepower three-cylinder petrol engine, 74-hp electric motor and battery pack. Complete output is roughly projected at 250 hp.
The front-wheel drive based hybrid model will include a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. An improvement rear-mounted motor should power the rear wheels in the four-wheel drive option. Some places suggest the electric-alone range of up to 30 miles.
2018 VOLVO XC40: ARRIVAL, PRICE
The new 2018 Volvo XC40 crossover, in the best-case scenario, should go on sale in late 2017. Nevertheless, early 2018 is more likely.
The model should go against rivals such as Mercedes GLA, Infiniti QX30, BMW X1 and Audi Q3. It must be reasonably listed from around $31, 000.