Volvo has been on a roll recently releasing a complete selection of cars ranging from medium to high end luxury models. However, it now seems their attention moved to the other end of the market, compact luxury cars. One of them is going to be the 2020 Volvo XC40 which has already been seen a few times wearing a good amount of camouflage. Unlike the others, the XC40 is set to be built in China and exported throughout the world. The car will be built on Volvo’s new modular architecture which is loosely based on their larger platform used on the XC90.
Just like the rest of their cars, the XC40 is going to use a transverse-front engine together with a front or all wheel drive system. However, the car will employ quite a bit of high strength steel and aluminum in its construction which would be new for its class. With the XC40 Volvo is also going to release a sedan and a hatchback but more on that later.
At launch they are likely going to release at least three different versions of the XC40. There is going to be a regular gas-powered car, a hybrid and possibly a plug-in version as well. The price hasn’t been revealed but considering the competition, it is safe to assume the crossover is not going to be cheap.
Volvo XC40 Design
The camouflaged test mule of the 2020 Volvo XC40 looks quite impressive. In fact it seems the production model will have quite a few design traits in common with the concept showcased a while back. In the front the car will continue to use the “Thor’s hammer” headlights and the same type of grille as that on the XC60.
However, the XC40 is definitely smaller and from the looks of it, the car also has a completely different roof-line. Despite what the early rumors said, the crossover might get a coupe-like roof-line which is quite clear from the test mule. In the back we can expect a very similar look to Volvo’s other cars but the C-pillars are likely going to be different. The test mule also had a charging port on the front-left fender which means it was a plug-in model.
Inside the cabin
The interior of the XC40 seems to be very similar to that of its larger siblings and that’s not a bad thing. The car gets the same portrait-mode infotainment system, digital instrument cluster and even similar seats.
However, the materials on the center stack seem worse than on the more expensive cars and there is definitely less leg and headroom. The rear doors also seem to boast very small windows which will definitely make the life on the back seats a bit harder than it had to be.
2020 Volvo XC40 Engine
Unlike the larger cars, the 2020 Volvo XC40 is set to receive a range of 3-cylinder engines developed from Volvo’s 2.0 liter inline 4 mill. The base model will likely boast a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder good for anything between 130 and 180 horsepower. A more powerful supercharged and turbocharged version of the same engine with around 200 horsepower is also a real possibility.
It seems the hybrid will come with the base 1.5 liter turbo-three mated to an electric motor. This is expected to provide around 200 horsepower while delivering better fuel efficiency than even the base model. All wheel drive will be available across the range but only the base model will come with front wheel drive. A 6 speed manual is also expected to the base model with the rest of the cars getting an 8 speed automatic. A range-topping Polestar offering a 2.0 liter turbo-four with north of 250 horsepower is also expected later down the road.