Swedish luxury automaker Volvo has added three new engines to the XC40 lineup globally. The engines have been added in order to strengthen the position of the SUV in the global market. Out of the three two will be petrol motors, while one will be a diesel mill.
The first engine is Volvo’s first three-cylinder, the T3, being a 1.5-litre, direct-injection engine that makes 153.86 bhp and 265 Nm of torque. The engine comes mated a 6-speed manual as standard, however an 8-speed automatic gearbox will be launched later. The engine is capable of doing 0-100 kmph in 9.4 seconds and the 1.5-litre engine also powers the XC40 plug-in hybrid, which was unveiled earlier this year.
Second petrol motor is the T4 that comes powered by a 2.0-liter turbo petrol which makes 187 bhp of maximum power and gets from 0 to 100 kmph in 8.2 seconds, while the transmission option includes only an eight speed automatic gearbox.
The diesel motor on the other hand is the D3. Available as a front-wheel-drive manual or an auto with front or four-wheel drive, the D3 is the 2.0-litre motor churning out 147.94 bhp of power and 320 Nm of peak torque. The engine is capable of running from the sprint to 100 kmph in 8.2 seconds only. Also, all these three engines are available in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim levels internationally as well as in Indian market.
The XC40 compact SUV is based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, making the compact SUV more cost-effective for emerging markets, as against the larger Volvo offerings that underpin the SPA platform. The XC40 borrows design cues from both its larger siblings, the XC60 and the XC90 and sticks close to the 40.1 Concept showcased last year. The features include 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. 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, while the interior gets 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. The safety features include 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.
With the introduction of three new engines, the XC40 will now be available with a total of five engine options - T3, T4, T5, D3 and D4 -, globally, while in India, the SUV comes with the D4 producing 187 bhp of power and 400 Nm of torque diesel engine only. Although Volvo has not said anything about launching petrol XC40 in the country, but we can expect the manufacturer to make it happen soon.
Currently, the smallest SUV by the automaker, the XC40 in India is available with prices starting from Rs 39.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the new base variant Momentum, Rs 42.90 lakh, (ex-showroom, India) for the R-Design and Rs 43.90 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the top-of-the-line 'Inscription'. The most affordable Volvo SUV in the Indian market, the XC40 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.
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