Volvo XC40 Compact SUV With Integrated Car Sharing
By: Fedora Atjeh | September 22, 2017
The Volvo XC40 completes the SUV range of the Swedish manufacturer and joins the Volvo XC90 and XC60. This model, the most compact of the three (measuring 4.43 m) reaches the segment of premium compact SUVs to face the Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA. While maintaining an air of family with the rest of the Volvo range, stands out for a possible greater personalization of its appearance. And all without giving up the technology that equip the Volvo XC60 and XC90. The Volvo XC40 arrives in a segment quite crowded already, but that does not stop growing. According to Volvo estimates, sales of premium compact SUVs will exceed one million units by 2020. Volvo, as a premium brand, could not be left out of this segment.
And it does so with the Volvo XC40, a model that uses the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, to finish setting the brand in the restricted club of premium brands. It could not be less since for Volvo and in the words of its president, Hakan Samulesson, the XC40 "is intended for a very important segment; the fastest growing in the world. This importance is also seen in the design of the XC40. It was intended to visually drive the XC40 from the XC60 and XC90 deliberately. Only in this way will the Volvo XC40 be perceived as a model with its own character and not simply as the little brother of the XC60 and XC90.
For the general public, fans and customers, it is also a breath of fresh air. Yes, it is possible to design a car with brand identity and at the same time with personality; it is not necessary to use the photocopier. Thus, the new SUV is undoubtedly Volvo in its aesthetic language (optical groups, calender), but at the same time are the details that separate it from the rest of the range, such as the bicolor ceiling, the third lateral moon rising diagonally or front sloping that gives him some aggressiveness are the elements that give him a unique personality in the range.
The XC40 measures 4.425 mm in length and is 263 mm shorter than the XC60, but is only 3 mm lower, and has a wheelbase of 2,702 mm. In front of an Audi Q3, for example, the XC40 is 13 mm shorter, but has a battle almost 10 cm longer than the Audi Q3, something that should have a significant impact on habitability. And all this without reducing the volume of the trunk, as in the Volvo XC40 is 460 liters, ie identical to the Audi Q3.
The interior of the Volvo XC40 is not as radical as the exterior, despite the possibilities of customization, such as being able to choose an orange carpet. The dashboard is a 12.3-inch TFT display in the style of the Audi Virtual Cockpit, while the center console is, as in the XC60, a 9-inch touch screen.
The connectivity, logically, is an important element of the equipment of the XC40, with a system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard in all versions. Volvo knows that in the future the option of buying a car will be less and less used in favor of leasing and renting modalities. Thus Volvo launches along with the XC40 Care by Volvo.
This is a subscription system so that having a car is as easy as having a mobile. By means of a fixed monthly fee (unified price in the Eurozone), the customer will have a new car every 24 months without having to worry about insurance, maintenance or leaving a ticket or having to pay a significant final fee. This mode will initially be available in Sweden, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Norway, Poland and the United States.
Connectivity will also play an important role in the way the XC40 is used, depending on the brand. So the drivers of XC40 will be the first drivers of Volvo who can share their car with friends and family via the Volvo on Call app. The private car sharing system will come as standard for Care by Volvo customers.
More than for the connectivity, Volvo bets mainly for its technology of aids to the driving. These include from 360-degree peripheral camera, cross-traffic alert or pedestrian and cyclist detection, to the Pilot Assist semiautonomous steering system (controls steering, accelerator and brake up to 130 km / h on well-marked tracks).
At the time of its launch, the Volvo XC40 will be available with a diesel D4 engine of 190 hp (from 42,220 euros) and T5 petrol 250 hp (from 47,257 euros), both 4-cylinder and associated with an automatic transmission . Later on, a hybrid version will arrive as the expected purely electric variant. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo available with the brand's new 3-cylinder engine. Volvo has not provided dates for the arrival of these variants.