Volvo has today further expanded its line-up of SUVs with the launch of its new XC40 compact SUV.
The arrival of the new model means that, for the first time in its history, the Swedish carmaker has three new, globally available SUVs in what is deemed the fastest-growing segment of the automotive market.
The new car is also the first model to be built on Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, which will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 series, including fully electrified vehicles.
“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” says Volvo boss, Håkan Samuelsson. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up.”
In terms of technology, the XC40 brings all of the safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies from the new 90- and 60 series cars to the small SUV segment, which Volvo claims makes the new model one of the best-equipped small SUVs on the market.
For example, safety and driver-assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo’s Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert with brake support, and the 360° camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.
From the start of production, the XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be made available with the manufacturer’s new three-cylinder engine.
Production of the new car is scheduled to begin at Volvo’s plant in Ghent, Belgium, in November.