Geely owned Volvo cars have been on a product offensive off-late. With the launch of their XC90 SUV, they came up with their S90 and V90 saloon and estate luxury cars and recently launched the XC60 here.
The company is now looking to bring their newest product, the XC40 to India and have displayed their compact SUV in their website.
Taking on the German trio of entry-level SUVs, the XC40 launch is expected to launch in the first half of 2018.
Volvo cars can only be had with four cylinder motors with displacement no more than 2.0 litres. The compact SUV will be sold here with a 2.0-litre T5 petrol motor and a 2.0 litre D4 diesel with power outputs of 247bhp and 350Nm for the petrol and 188bhp and 400Nm for the diesel.
There will be an 8-speed automatic gearbox and AWD as standard. The diesel, as ever, is expected to be the affordable of the lot with two variants namely Momentum and Inscription, while the sole Petrol variant will come with the R-Design pack.
The vehicle will be sold as a Completely Built Unit (CBU) as it is not made on the SPA (Scalable Platform Architecture) platform. It is instead made using the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) that will underpin future Volvo 30 and 40-series cars.
To be available initially as a ‘First Edition’ variant, buyers can specify add-ons like active headlights, handsfree and powered tail-gate, wireless mobile charging and Harman Kardon music system.
On the exterior front, the car gets the signature Thor’s Hammer headlights, Led tail lamps, 18 inch alloys and ORVMs.
Inside is all modern Volvo affair, with a similar layout as other Volvo cars off-late. There is a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, powered driver’s seat with memory function, ambient lighting, leather upholstery and wood inserts in the cabin.
Volvo says the R-Design petrol variant will get a stiffer suspension setup, as part of a Sports chassis, for spirited driving.
In addition to the usual safety features, the car will also get radar-based safety functions like City Safety, Pilot Assist, collision mitigation systems and blind spot information system (BLIS).