Volvo is watching to enter the small, premium SUV segment with its coming XC40. This will be the slightest model in the Swedish constructer’s SUV range. The first car to be based on the new Compact Modular Architecture platform, the SUV is meant to target a more youthful audience associated to the larger XC90 and XC60, hence, will offer a longer list of customizable choices.
Probable to be shown for international markets about the time of the Frankfurt motor show, the XC40 is expected to be powered by a new, three-pot, 1.5-litre petrol unit derived from Volvo’s 4-cylinder 2.0-litre engine, in addition to a slew of petrol and diesel engine options. An 180hp hybrid model is also expected with a seven-speed automatic sending power to the front wheels, and an all-electric range of 48km. Volvo has confirmed three variants for the XC40 – Momentum, R-Design and Inscription.
Despite being the entry-level trim, Momentum is described as the most fashion-conscious. Based on Volvo’s other models, R-Design will be sportier and Inscription more luxurious. When launched, Volvo’s small, premium SUV will rival the likes of the Jaguar E-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the Range River Evoque. No details have been revealed regarding an India-spec model as yet.