Swedish luxury automaker Volvo has finally launched the 2018 XC40 in the Indian market. The smallest SUV by the automaker has been priced at Rs 39.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and will be available in single variant currently, the R-Design. Customers interested in buying the luxurious SUV can book the XC40 for a booking amount of Rs 5 lakh as currently only the first batch of 200 units of the XC40 have been allocated for India.
Under the hood, the 2018 Volvo X40 comes powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, in-line- twin turbo diesel engine capable of producing 187 bhp of power and 400 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes mated to an eight-speed gearbox and offers all-wheel drive system. Also, the SUV debuts a segment first-driving modes of which there are 3- Sport, dynamic and comfort being capable of doing from 0-100 kmph in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 210 kmph. However, Volvo might offer the XC40 with a petrol motor - a 2.0-litre mill with 246 BHP of maximum power and 350 Nm torque, depending on the demand.
At the exterior, the new XC40 gets the signature grille, Thor’s Hammer-inspired LED headlights with LED DRLs and the D-shaped LED tail-lights making it look like a shrunken XC90, while the body cladding and the 18-inch alloy wheels add to the impressive look of the SUV. Offering two-tone body color, the SUV comes with black treatment for the grille, the smoked headlamps and the black roof with blackened A-pillars as standard for all exterior color tones.
The interior of the 2018 XC40 is no less in premiumness than the exterior. The cabin of the SUV offers 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, 9-inch tablet like Sensus touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, 13-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, 2-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate, powered driver’s seat, wireless charging, heated front and rear seats and hands-free parking assist as major highlights. In terms of safety, the newly launched SUV gets 7 airbags and the compact SUV is reportedly the first in the segment to feature the radar-based driving assistance system called City Safety and Volvo's in-house Pilot Assist System, oncoming lane mitigation and run-off road protection.
Based on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture, the XC40 is the most affordable Volvo SUV in the Indian market taking against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 in the entry-level luxury SUV along with the Land Rover Discovery and the Lexus NX. Also, the XC40 SUV is also due to become the first all-electric Volvo in 2019, and Volvo India plans to follow the company’s directive of becoming greener by 2025 giving enough reason to believe the all-electric XC40 will definitely come to India. However, it will be too early to talk about the same till Volvo makes any official announcements regarding the launch in India.
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