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Volvo reveals the all-new XC40 crossover

Volvo reveals the all-new XC40 crossover
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Monday 25 September 2017, 14:30 PM

Volvo took the wraps off the all-new XC40 crossover at a special event in Milan, Italy. The XC40 is Volvo’s take in the segment dominated by the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLA, Range Rover Evoque and Audi Q3.

The XC40 joins the XC40 and XC90 as the third model in Volvo's SUV line-up. The design of the XC40 is scrounged from both its elder siblings.  It rocks the signature Thor’s Hammer headlamps with a horizontal louvered grille. The hood is clamshell and the D-Pillar carries a floating roof design. Being a crossover, the necessary black cladding has been given around the wheel arches, side skirts, front and rear bumper. The tail lights are designed similar to the one seen in its elder siblings.

The XC40 stays true to the 40.1 Concept. It is also the first Volvo to be based on the new CMA modular vehicle architecture co-developed by Volvo and Geely. This platform will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series including fully electrified vehicles. Volvo says that the CMA provides all the necessary economies of scale for this segment.

On the inside, Volvo’s new cabin design is evident. The large nine-inch infotainment screen is present, flanked by vertical air-con vents. It comes with smartphone integration. The instrument cluster gets a 12.3-inch TFT digital display. The overall lay out is subtle and classy with a good choice of material. The space inside the cabin also looks promising. There is ample stowage and  a provision for induction phone charging as well.

Being a Volvo, the XC40 comes loaded with safety and equipments. Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, city safety, run-off road protection and mitigation, cross traffic alert with brake support and the 360° camera. The XC40 is, in fact, one of the best-equipped crossovers in its segment.

 The newly unveiled XC40 is available with a D4 diesel and a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E engine options. A hybrid and pure electric version are slated to join the line-up later. Both the engines get an all-wheel-drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Looking at Volvo’s plans for India, the all-new XC40 will surely make its way to our shores once it goes on sale internationally. Volvo might even assemble the crossover locally at their upcoming production factory in India.

 

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