Volvo lifts the lid on its Mercedes GLA fighter, the Volvo XC40
Volvo has whipped the covers of its all-new Volvo XC40 in Milan overnight. The XC40 is Volvo’s first compact SUV and is their first car to be built on the company’s new modular vehicle architecture, which was co-developed with parent company Geely and will underpin future 40 series models – expect the S40 to make a return, along with a small wagon and potentially a coupe.
The Volvo XC40 is Volvo’s answer to the Mercedes GLA, Audi Q2 and BMW X1, so it has to not only be good, but it has to be different.
And the clever Swedes at Volvo think they have the answers: they’ll be a heap of different colour, trim and option choices, and the interior is said to offer new ways of thinking when it comes to in-car storage.
The cabin will include inductive phone charging, a fold out hook for shopping bags, a removal garbage bin and storage in the doors and under the seats.
Being a Volvo, the XC40 will be safe too, adopting safety technology from its bigger relatives such as Pilot Assist, City Safety, Run-off road protection and a 360 degree camera system to aid with parking.
A number of engines will be available, including the D4 diesel, a 2.0 litre turbo petrol T5 and the XC40 will debut Volvo’s 1.5 litre turbo three-cylinder engine. And keeping in Volvo’s drivetrain plans, hybrid and fully electric versions will join the range later on.
Production kicks off at Volvo’s plant in Ghent, Belgium in November. Details on Australian models are yet to be revealed.