Swedish automaker Volvo is preparing to launch the XC40 in the Indian market. The first ever premium compact SUV by Volvo will be launched in a segment ruled by the BMW X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3. These luxurious compact SUVs have successfully satisfied the buyers in the segment till now and the Swedish automaker is all set to introduce the XC40 in India. The smallest offering in the SUV segment, XC40 is already on sale in international markets. Though, the official launch date is still not confirmed, but the Volvo XC40 is all set to be launched in India by July this year.
The Volvo XC40 is based on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform and not on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform that underpins its older siblings the XC90 and XC60. In terms of looks and design, the upcoming Volvo XC40 gets the signature sunken grille along with the famous Thor's headlamps with daylight running lights (DRLs), a subtle sculpted line on the hood to add to the sportiness of the compact SUV, 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, R-Design badging while the rear sports vertical headlamps same as the XC90 and XC60, C-shape indicators, Volvo badging running across the boot-lid on a sunken platform and the 'XC40' badge and the D4 badge placed on either side.
At the inside, the 2018 Volvo XC40 offers the 9-inch Sensus system borrowed from the XC60 and the XC90 along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, three spoke steering wheel and the gear knob with leather stitching as standard R-Design trim as well as holders to store water bottles for front and back row passengers. Like its older siblings, the Volvo XC40 will be offered with ABS with EBD, ESC, eight airbags, hill assist, parking assist and descent control. Additionally, the vehicle will also be offered with adaptive cruise control, oncoming lane mitigation, run-off-road mitigation and blind spot information.
In terms of powertrain, the upcoming Volvo XC40 will come powered by only the D4 diesel variant in the Indian market. The engine is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, in-line, twin turbo engine capable of producing 187 bhp and the peak torque of 400 NM. The engine is expected to come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Volvo offers 4 drive modes with the XC40 internationally- Eco, Comfort, Off-road and Dynamic.
When launched, the Volvo XC40 will rival the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 while the pricing is expected to be in the range of 35 – 40 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Apart from this, Volvo is also planning to accelerate its manufacturing footprint in the country as they have set up the manufacturing plant almost a year ago in Bangalore. The company is currently focusing on majority of its product portfolio to be locally manufactured in the coming two years as it aims to compete more strongly with its German rivals including BMW, Mercedes and Audi. One more important thing is that the Swedish automaker is also planning to expand its plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle portfolio in India and aims to launch one million electrified cars globally.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Volvo XC40 in India.