Volvo’s baby SUV comes with a clever interior as well as everything from a 3-cylinder to a fully electric drivetrain. What’s more, the Swedes have an entirely new ownership model too.
Shortly after launching its mid-sized XC60, Volvo is here once again with another SUV, its entry-level urban outdoor warrior, the XC40.
Built in Belgium, the smallest Swedish SUV will hit the market first with four-cylinder turbocharged gas and diesel engines, but further, down the line, it’ll also become the first Volvo available with a three-cylinder turbo. Hybrid and pure electric versions will also arrive at a later date. What’s more, it is Volvo’s first model to come with the ‘Care by Volvo’ subscription service.
Volvo claims this national, already-negotiated monthly fee “will make having a car as transparent, easy and hassle-free as having a phone, combined with getting a new car every 24 months.” If that idea seems familiar, that’s because Volvo’s parent company Geely is trying to do the very same thing through the recently launched Lynk & Co brand, using a car based on the same shared CMA platform as the Volvo XC40.
The exterior is somewhat less revolutionary, despite former Head of Design (and recently appointed Polestar boss) Thomas Ingenlath summing it up as “much more in your face.” In fact, the production version is very similar to the Volvo 40.1 Concept that was shown to the press last year. It looks like a trusty sneaker, I’ll give them that. The XC40 says “hi” to all the other compact SUVs with its funky C-pillar, sculpted lines, and optional two-tone paint schemes. You can also expect more aggressive color splits inside as well, which is something new from Volvo, aimed at a younger audience.
To keep everybody in that sleek cabin in one piece, the list of safety features offered include Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, City Safety, run-off road protection and mitigation, cross-traffic alert with brake support, and a 360-degree Camera. That’s impressive for an entry-level car in the premium segment, and we know how tough Volvo’s crash structures are, to begin with. The XC40 should be no exception.
More info will become available soon, but we can already tell you that ‘Care by Volvo’ will be available in the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, and Poland, with other markets following at a later stage.
Article Source: roadandtrack