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Volvo to unveil XC40 at 2017 Shanghai Auto Show

Volvo to unveil XC40 at 2017 Shanghai Auto Show
Desirazu Venkat Desirazu Venkat Thursday 19 January 2017, 20:13 PM

Volvo will take the wraps off the XC40 at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. This is the production version of the 40.1 concept car and will be the new entry-level model from the Swedish automaker in its lineup and be a new compact modular architecture designed for smaller vehicles.

The car was previewed in the form of the Volvo 40.1 concept car that was showcased in 2016 and now this vehicle that will be unveiled is expected to be the production model. It will primarily be a front-wheel drive model with the option of AWD on specific variants and be offered with both petrol and diesel engines. It will give Volvo entry into the segment populated by the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X2 and the Audi Q2. Further, the car will also make the Volvo models appealing to a new set of buyers.

 

The XC40 will slot into a similar spot as the V40 Cross Country and this is expected to result in some level of cannibalisation of sales. However, there is also the possibility that Volvo might discontinue the V40 range altogether in favour of these models. It will be joined by the production version of the 40.2 concept which is expected to be called S40. Both these cars will come to India as Mercedes-Benz has tasted great success with the GLA and CLA sedans indicating the potential for sales.

 

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