2018 Volvo XC40 Platform, Design, Engine, Specs, Price – Volvo continues their bad which began with the redesigned XC90 for the 2016 model year. Then this manufacturer launched 2017 S90 sedan and V90 stop wagon will 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 begin there as it will also offer a new entry-level crossover in early 2018. This model could be presented 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 identified while screening in cold weather problems and judging by the spy images this model will follow virtually identical design as the 40.1 Concept car which was revealed in 2016. The new crossover in Volvo’s collection will stay 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 will also get plug-in cross powertrain. Volvo will also equip this compact car with the newest security features.
2018 VOLVO XC40: PLATFORM, DESIGN
The 2018 Volvo XC40 will 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 different version from the Scalable Solution Structure created to underpin lighter and smaller vehicles like other models from the 40 Series including the V40 hatchback and S40 small sedan. What is also important about this platform is the fact so it promises implementation of advanced electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving plus polished dynamics.
On the other give, judging by the heavily camouflaged prototype, it seems that productions version will not change much from the 40.1 Concept car. The prototype seems to have concept’s contours in their top area as well as angled C-pillars. Aside from that, it will follow some design components from the XC90. The new crossover will feature concave grille, Thor claw headlights and L-Shaped taillights. The side panels must show curved-up beltline.
We don’t know much about model’s interior as spy shots don’t show it and Volvo also hides information about it. But, we assume some similarities 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 contain vertical-oriented center touchscreen with the latest infotainment features.
What Volvo also promises for the 40 Series is the most advanced normal safety package which should include Volvo’s Pilot Assist.
2018 VOLVO XC40: POWERTRAINS
In the engine department, the new 2018 Volvo XC40 will provide three- and four-cylinder engines. A new 1.5-liter engine with three cylinders will undoubtedly be available with close 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 must also offer D2, D3 as well as D5 diesel powertrains.
But, the most effective must be the models with the T5 badge. They will include the T5 Twin Engine setup similar like in the XC90. This plug-in powertrain should consist of 180 hp three-cylinder petrol engine, 74-hp electric motor and battery pack. Full output is roughly projected at 250 hp.
The front-wheel drive centered hybrid model will include a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. A supplement rear-mounted motor should power the rear wheels in the four-wheel drive option. Some options 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 circumstance, is going available for sale in late 2017. But, 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 competitively listed from about $31, 000.