It is rare for automakers to produce cars similar to their concepts; most debut very stunning concepts only for production models to come out looking rather bland. However, Volvo has done great with their 2018 Volvo XC40 compact SUV. Although the model is not identical to its concept, it is close. The XC40 joins the fast-growing lineup of the Swedish automaker SUVs. It will slot under the XC60 and the XC90. Volvo intends to use the model to capitalize on the growing demand for SUVs. The XC40 is targeted to price-conscious shoppers who still what a capable yet premium compact SUV. The XC40 is also the first Volvo car to be underpinned by the new Compact Modular platform. All 40-series models will be based on this platform including full-electric versions.
The XC40 also introduces a new vehicle ownership model dubbed “Care by Volvo”. Unlike the traditional leasing process or dealership buying, the automaker will offer buyers an online experience where buyers search for the model they want and select it via the click of a button. Customers will be required to make only a single monthly payment. This program will be offered in only select markets.
2018 Volvo XC40 Exterior
The XC40 features Volvo’s current design language which was first showcased by the bigger XC90 SUV. The front fascia is largely identical to the bigger XC90. The fascia features a large grille flanked by “Thor’s hammer” LED headlights just like the XC90. However, to set the XC40 apart from its bigger brother, Volvo has reshaped its bumper.
The side look is more unique. The XC40 has less rugged side skirts and a big dent to its door sections which make it look more stylish. Quarter windows of the XC40 diminish in size close to the D-pillars resulting in a sportier look.
At the rear, the XC40 uses the same taillight design as the XC90 which features the upper arm of the taillights extending up on the pillars towards the model’s roof spoiler. However, unlike the XC90, the XC40 has a clean looking tailgate while its license plate recess is a cutout on the bumper. The bumper also has a clean look except for red light strips as well as a slim lip on the lower part.
The Momentum trim features as standard 18-inch alloy wheels in a black and white finish. White mirror caps, roof and 21-inch wheels are optional. The R-Design adds a glossy black grille as well as lower bumper sections, dual exhaust tips, black door mirrors and roof as well as 18-inch diamond cut wheels. Buyers can also add the Pro package which features active bending headlights that have active shadow technology and 20-inch alloy wheels.
In terms of size, the XC40 is 174.2 inches long and has a wheelbase of 106.4 inches making it 10.4 inches shorter than the XC60 while its wheelbase is 6.4 inches shorter than the XC60.
The interior design is quite impressive and as you might have guessed, it is based on the XC90. The center stack accommodates a 9.0-inch tablet-like screen. The center console looks rather wide while the model’s vertical-shaped A/C vents augur well with the center display. The XC40 flaunts a 12.3-inch digital cluster which as standard.
Vinyl and textile are the standard upholstery materials on the Momentum trim. The trim‘s infotainment system features sat-nav, voice-activated control, 3 USB sockets, real-time traffic alerts and the automaker’s ‘On Call app which sends emergency alerts to the driver’s emergency services providers in case the car is involved in an accident. The system uses an inbuilt GPS to direct your emergency service providers to your location.
The R-Design adds a mix of leather and nubuck upholstery, steering wheel and gear shifter knob wrapped in perforated leather, front seat cushions and aluminum dash’ inlays. The Pro package adds a power driver’s seat and heating on the front seats and windscreen. There is also an option for a Xenium package that adds a 360-degree surround view camera system that comes in handy during parking, Park Assist Pilot and a powered tilt-and-slide panoramic sunroof made of glass.
Standalone options include Smartphone integration, wireless phone charging, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with 1200 watts as well as sound-processing software.
Engine and performance
In the U.S., the 2018 Volvo XC40 will first debut with a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder mill in two states of tune. On the T4, Volvo has not released the actual output but the same engine produces around 200 hp on other T4 branded Volvos. The T5 will produce 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Both vehicles will use an 8-speed automatic transmission in the states but other markets will have an option for a manual gearbox. The T4 will be available in front-wheel drive while the T5 will feature AWD courtesy of a Haldex clutch mounted on the rear axle. A hybrid power-train will be offered later on and much later the automaker will also release a fully-electric XC40.
In other markets, Volvo will offer a less powerful gasoline mill as well as two diesel power-plants.
Price and release date
When it debuts next year, the 2018 XC40 will be available in two versions T4 and T5. Each of the models will be available in two trim levels which are Momentum and R-Design. The T4 Momentum will have an MSRP of $33,200 while T5 Momentum will start at $35,200. Hybrid and Electric drive-trains will follow later on.
The 2018 Volvo XC40 will compete with a range of models including the Jaguar E-Pace, Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q2, BMW X1, Seat Ateca and Nissan Qashqai.