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India-bound Volvo XC40: 5 things to know

23rd May 2018 1:12 pm

Here are the five most important things to know about Volvo’s baby premium SUV that is headed to India soon.

Volvo is gearing up to bring its new XC40 SUV to India quite soon. The smallest SUV in its line-up, the XC40 is meant to appeal to a more youthful audience than its larger siblings, the XC60 and XC90. Here are the five key points to remember about the new model:

One diesel engine at launch

As we had reported on May 8, at launch, Volvo is expected to bring the XC40 with a single powertrain option – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, turbo-diesel motor mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. 190hp and 400Nm of peak torque are transmitted to all-four-wheels via a permanent AWD system. Depending on the response to the model, Volvo may also bring in a petrol engine option at a later date.

To launch in a single trim

Volvo’s smallest SUV will arrive in a single mid-spec R-Design variant. As such, it will feature equipment like 19-inch alloy wheels, active bending lights, wireless mobile phone charging, a 750W 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, powered tailgate, panoramic sunroof, heated front and rear seats, an all-black interior and Volvo's 9.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Dual-tone exterior finishes

In a bid to appeal to a younger crowd, the XC40, in R-Design-spec, will sport at least three dual-tone exterior finishes – red with a black top and blue or black with a white top. Contrasting roofs are quite a popular factory-fitted feature, even on smaller SUVs like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Hyundai Creta.

Typically Volvo levels of safety kit

In terms of safety kit, the XC40 is expected to launch with radar-based active safety features like adaptive cruise control, oncoming lane mitigation, run-off-road mitigation and blind spot information. Other standard kit will include eight airbags, ABS, ESC, traction control, hill ascent and descent control, parking assist and more. Typical of the Swedish carmaker, the XC40 is expected to be the best-in-class in this area.

Pricing to be close to rivals

Unlike its larger SUV siblings that are based on Volvo’s SPA platform, the XC40 is built on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. This means that local assembly of the model is highly unlikely at Volvo's Bengaluru facility, which already assembles the XC90 SUV and will soon do so with the S90 sedan as well. Despite this, Volvo’s penchant for attractive pricing is assured. Rivals include the Mini Countryman (Rs 34.90-41.40 lakh), Mercedes-Benz GLA (Rs 31.72-38.03 lakh), BMW X1 (Rs 34.50-44.50 lakh) and Audi Q3 (Rs 34.73-42.88 lakh). Volvo is expected to launch the new XC40 in July 2018.

All prices ex-showroom, India

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2018 Volvo XC40 India image gallery

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