Back in 2016 Volvo showcased the 40.1 concept car, a compact premium crossover. The car, and its two siblings, the S40 and V40, are meant to replace Volvo’s current offerings and also add new models to the range. Like with their other series of cars, the new compact models will debut with the 2018 Volvo XC40.
This is the natural move, especially now when most people tend to buy crossovers instead of sedans or even hatchbacks. This XC40 will be using Volvo’s new compact modular architecture. This has been developed in cooperation with Geely and unlike their higher end platform, it is also going to be used by two other manufacturers.
More details about Volvo XC40
This will allow Volvo to keep research and development costs down without having to compromise on quality. The new platform is still a transverse front engine with front wheel drive as standard. All wheel drive should still be available while a hybrid is going to be available as well.
The car’s price hasn’t been revealed so far. Considering where its rivals are priced though, we would expect the XC40 to start north of $30,000 in the US with the European models starting slightly lower than that.
2018 Volvo XC40 design
Even though there are people not liking their cars, Volvo has evolved tremendously in the past few years. The XC90 is the perfect example of that managing to look premium without having to copy its rivals. This seems to be the case with the 2018 Volvo XC40 as well. Even though the production car is still missing, we managed to take a look at the camouflaged prototype.
So far it seems that the car is mostly identical to the concept revealed back in 2016. The “Thor’s hammer” headlights, Volvo’s trademark grille, the stubby design and short overhangs are all trademarks of the original concept. On top of that, the production XC40 seems to get a slightly lower roof-line and possibly a more aggressive spoiler. These will easily allow to look at least on par with all of its rivals.
So far not much has been revealed about how the 2018 XC40 is going to look inside the cabin. Despite that, we have a pretty good idea about it. We all know Volvo is trying to depart themselves from all the other high end manufacturers and this has been quite clear with the XC90.
Because of that it is safe to assume the XC40 will follow the same design principle. We can expect a digital instrument cluster, premium materials, plenty of features for the price and also a portrait-style infotainment system. Unlike its higher end siblings though, the 2018 Volvo XC40 might receive quite a few more customization options
Volvo XC40 2018 Video
Under the hood
Volvo already confirmed the car is going to receive 3 and 4 cylinder engines. There will likely be a 1.5 liter turbo-three with anything between 150 and north of 180 horsepower. A hybrid version of this engine, which will also rock a 74 horsepower electric motor, is also expected at launch. It will be called the T5 Twin-Engine and it should offer a combined output north of 220 horsepower. A larger 2 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder unit is also expected some time in the future. This may actually power a Polestar model which would be able to offer north of 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The lower end models will come with front wheel drive as standard and likely a 6 speed manual. Volvo’s 8 speed automatic and an option all wheel drive system are going to be available. The European market is also expected to receive a 2 liter inline 4 diesel with up to 180 horsepower while an even smaller diesel might be added further down the road.