The Volvo`s smallest compact crossover is on its way. We are talking about the all new 2018 Volvo XC40. As the Company`s smallest SUV, it stands beneath the XC60 and XC90. It has been spotted during its testing in Europe and despite the camouflage, it is obvious that it will be inspired by the Volvo`s 2016 XC40 Concept which was presented last year. Moreover, the latest spy photos have unveiled the interior design of the upcoming Volvo XC40. This new model will also use the new platform, and will be powered with several types of engines.
With all the expected changes, the new small XC40 could become one the most popular model in lineup, even more popular than the well-known XC60 model, especially if it comes with affordable price. Its strongest rivals on the market will be Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Jaguar E-Pace.
2018 Volvo XC40 types of engines and performances
We have heard many speculations about the engine which is going to power the brand new 2018 Volvo XC40. It will most likely use several types of engines. There should be the three- and four-cylinder units, as well as a hybrid version. Furthermore, the petrol and diesel variants will be available too. So, the one option could be the new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine which should be able to make the maximum of 180 horses. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder both diesel and petrol engines should join the lineup too.
Moreover, there will be a hybrid version as well. It will be the same 1.5-liter 3-cylinder 180 hp engine combined with an electric motor with the power of 74 horses. The engine will be coupled to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This hybrid unit will be able to go around 30 miles with only electric power. The front-wheel drive configuration will be standard.
Platform, exterior and interior design
The new 2018 Volvo XC40 will ride on a new platform called Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). This is going to be the first Volvo`s model which will use it. When it comes to exterior design, the new XC40 will be very similar to its big brother XC90 model. The whole body seems perfectly sculpted with upright proportions and hard edges. The front end will feature wide grille, muscular bumper and Thor`s hammer LED headlights. On the rear, there will be L-shaped tail lamps which should stay pretty much the same. All in all, the new Volvo will look modern and very attractive.
Inside, the 2018 Volvo XC40 will be a combination of XC60 and XC90 models. The materials used in its design will be of high quality. Because of the new architecture, it will be very spacious offering plenty of leg and headroom for all the passengers. On the center of the dash, there will be a large display with infotainment system. The steering wheel will be wrapped in leather. The safety will be upgraded too and we except latest technology inside the cabin.
Release date and price
The 2018 Volvo XC40 should go on sale in the end of 2017 or in early 2018. The starting price should be around $32,000.