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Volvo continues testing XC40

Volvo continues testing XC40
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Friday 19 May 2017, 12:48 PM

The Volvo XC40 has been captured undergoing trials in the UK. Positioned below the XC60, this crossover will be a rival to the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and the Mercedes GLA.

Based on the Volvo Concept 40.1 which was unveiled last year, the XC40 retains several important design cues like the ‘Thor’s Hammer’ lights and wide-mouth grille with the Iron Mark emblem. The XC40 will be the first model to be based on the CMA front-wheel-drive platform, co-developed with Chinese manufacturer Geely. Both petrol and diesel engine options include 1.5-litre three-cylinder and 2.0-litre four-cylinder units. It will also be offered with a T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid model for the top-spec variant. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will power the front wheels.

With an unveiling at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show, the Volvo XC40 is expected to go on sale by the last quarter of 2017. Being one of the entry-level crossovers in Volvo's line-up, the XC40 will play an important role in generating volumes. Given the success that the GLA has been enjoying, we can also expect the XC40 to be launched in India by early next year.

 

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