Volvo continues its bad which started with the redesigned XC90 for the 2016 model year. Then that manufacturer launched 2017 S90 sedan and V90 station wagon may join to 90 Series as well. For the 2018 model year, Swedish brand is also functioning on the second-generation of its best-selling XC60. Volvo will not start there as it may 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 discovered while screening in winter conditions and judging by the spy photos this model will adopt virtually identical design as the 40.1 Concept car which was found in 2016. The new crossover in Volvo’s lineup may sit on the new platform which debuted on the mentioned Concept car. It will also be accessible with a range of petrol and diesel engines while it should also get plug-in hybrid powertrain. Volvo may also equip that compact car with the newest security features.
2018 VOLVO XC40: PLATFORM, DESIGN
The 2018 Volvo XC40 may be the first Volvo’s production model to adopt the new Compact Modular Architecture which Volvo co-developed having its parent company Geely. This platform is the different edition from the Scalable Solution Architecture 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 important about this platform is the fact that it promises implementation of advanced electrification, connectivity and autonomous driving plus polished dynamics.
On the other hand, judging by the heavily camouflaged prototype, it seems that shows edition will not change much from the 40.1 Concept car. The prototype seemingly have concept’s curves in its top area as well as angled C-pillars. Aside from that, it should adopt some style aspects from the XC90. The new crossover will feature concave grille, Thor sort headlights and L-Shaped taillights. The side systems should display curved-up beltline.
We don’t know much about model’s interior as spy shots don’t show it and Volvo also hides factual statements about it. Nevertheless, we assume some characteristics with the XC90. The model will likely adopt common clear and elegant design with the real timber and opera accents. It may also contain vertical-oriented center touchscreen with the latest infotainment features.
What Volvo also promises for the 40 Series is the most advanced typical safety package which includes Volvo’s Pilot Assist.
2018 VOLVO XC40: POWERTRAINS
In the engine department, the new 2018 Volvo XC40 may present three- and four-cylinder engines. A new 1.5-liter engine with three cylinders is going to be accessible with shut to 200 hp. The four-cylinder engines will also be available and petrol-powered models should have T2 and T3 badges. Outside the US, Volvo should also offer D2, D3 as well as D5 diesel powertrains.
Nevertheless, the most strong should be the models with the T5 badge. They will include the T5 Twin Engine setup related like in the XC90. This plug-in powertrain should consist of 180 hp three-cylinder petrol engine, 74-hp electric motor and battery pack. Total output is roughly estimated at 250 hp.
The front-wheel travel centered hybrid model will include a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. An inclusion rear-mounted motor should power the rear wheels in the four-wheel travel option. Some resources 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 for 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 well listed from about $31, 000.