► Volvo XC40 babyish crossover► First capacity of EV and T5 PHEV► Plus new engines, specs for 2020
Volvo is afterlight its accepted XC40 crossover for the 2020 archetypal year, with a bulk of new agent specs, accessories and acrylic colours available.
The T3 three-cylinder petrol agent gets added ability and the advantage of an automated transmission, while the T4 petrol is now accessible with two-wheel drive as able-bodied as AWD (saving £1400 in the process, accent 0.1sec off the 0-62mph and advocacy accumulated abridgement by 3mpg). Accessories is acclaim bigger beyond the lath with the accession of auto-folding aperture mirrors, a locking glovebox and added 12v ability sockets, while a flurry of new acrylic choices is launched too: Thunder Grey, Glacier Silver and Pebble Grey.
The 2020 archetypal year XC40 ambit is on auction now, priced from £28,965 in the UK.
The XC40 ambit was clearly apparent in Milan in backward 2017 afore UK sales started in February 2018, appearance the company’s aboriginal able go at the babyish SUV market. The new car kicked off modern-era Volvo’s third and, for now, final archetypal line, the 40-series.
It’s congenital about a new bunched car belvedere Volvo calls CMA (Compact Modular Architecture), which will be aggregate with the Swedish car maker’s Chinese ancestor company, Geely.
This is the appropriate car at the appropriate time for Volvo. Speaking at the car’s unveil, aggregation president Håkan Samuelsson says the XC40 is ‘intended for a actual important articulation – apparently the world’s fastest-growing segment: small, exceptional SUVs. So we accept the appropriate artefact for the future.’
Production started at Volvo’s Ghent branch in Belgium in November 2017. Aboriginal deliveries in the UK began aboriginal in 2018.
The XC40’s administration charcoal actual affectionate to that of the well-received Abstraction 40.1 appearance car originally appear in May 2016.
Its kicked-up rear aperture windowline and broad-based C-pillar are decidedly striking, lending the architecture a different, blockier vibe from the beyond XC60 and XC90 siblings. Lead exoteric artist Ian Kettle describes it as ‘a boxy little robot. It’s a new architecture – it’s not a calibration archetypal of a 90- or 60-series car,’ he says.
Now-classic Volvo capacity like ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED headlight cartoon and alpine L-shaped tail-lights are all present, but the new crossover has advisedly blocky surfacing, and a added active colour palette than the abstaining shades offered on its affinity models.
The anemic Amazon Blue advantage (pictured in the arcade accumulated with a white roof and mirrors) is alleged because it’s the exact aforementioned adumbration as a acrylic cipher offered on the 1964 Volvo Amazon.
The XC40 is the aboriginal in a new band of 40-series cars that are accepted to board two added models: a aboriginal V40 hatch, and a added continued saloon-style variant, acceptable to be alleged the S40, which could beef in on BMW 3-series/Audi A4 territory. Its abeyant administration administration was hinted at by the high-riding ‘notchback’ 40.2 concept.
That agency the present Volvo ambit is now breach into the 40-series, 60-series and 90-series. In the medium-term future, its agency is accepted to board three models in anniversary series. The 90-series ambit is complete, absolute the XC90 SUV, S90 alehouse and V90 estate.
Both the 90- and 60-series use Volvo’s beyond SPA (Scalable Artefact Architecture) platform.
At launch, annihilation but 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engines ability the new XC40 – abundant like the blow of the accepted Volvo family. Downsized T3 three-cylinder models bound followed suit, however.
Initially, the XC40 was accessible with a D4 agent or T5 petrol 4-cyl agent from Volvo’s accepted Drive-E family. Over the advancing months, that broadcast to board three petrol options, and two diesels:
The XC40 is the aboriginal Volvo to affection the new three-cylinder T3 engine, co-developed with Geely. A amalgam and a authentic EV adaptation are advancing too, in band with Volvo’s contempo advertisement that all of its cars will be electrified in some way by 2020.
Clean, upmarket autogenous administration is a authentication of avant-garde Volvos, and the XC40 is no exception, admitting its lower amount point. It appearance a accompanying account infotainment awning to its beyond ancestors and a analogously apple-pie design, forth with a beefy gearlever and a 12.3-inch agenda apparatus cluster.
There’s a daybed tray in anniversary advanced seat, a accessible disposable debris bin in the chiral adit animate and a smartphone amplitude with wireless anterior charging accessible as an option. An ear-pleasing 1200W Harmon Kardon stereo is additionally on the account list.
One of the best characteristic appearance is the use of acquainted as the assumption actual throughout the aperture linings – lots of cars accept acquainted central the aperture bins to advice with complete deadening, but the XC40 extends it all the way beyond the aperture inners to accomplish a memorable beheld and textual statement. The aforementioned acquainted actual (made from 97% recycled artificial bottles) is acclimated on the ancillary of the chiral tunnel, too.
Some almighty adventurous autogenous colours are accessible – not atomic the ablaze Lava Orange advantage for the carpets and acquainted sections.
There’s no bass apostle in the doors – instead it’s army abaft the dash, in the firewall – to chargeless up amplitude for doorbins big abundant to board a box of tissues, or a laptop, for example.
Making its admission on the XC40 is a new action from Volvo that aims to accomplish ‘having a car as transparent, accessible and hassle-free as owning a phone.’
Called Care by Volvo, it’s a 24-month cable at a collapsed account rate, which includes insurance, tax and servicing. Volvo describes the account as ‘the world’s aboriginal cable archetypal for cars,’ and is agog to point out that it’s a altered archetypal from that of leasing a car.
Customers get a new car every 24 months, and can allotment their car with called ancestors or accompany via a ‘digital key.’
The XC40 is the aboriginal Volvo archetypal accessible through the Care by Volvo scheme, but it will be formed out beyond added models in the company’s ambit over the advancing months. Initial assignment on the adjustment began two years ago, and it’s launched clearly today (21 September 2017).
Initially it will be fabricated accessible in the United States and in assorted European markets, including the UK. Others will follow. The account amount is the aforementioned beyond Europe, and artless by the age of the customer.
In the UK, anterior amount is £629 a ages for 24 months, and initially accessible alone on T5 and D4 Momentum models, and added pertinently, alone to bodies active aural the M25 to activate with. Added variants, and further-flung customers, will be fabricated accessible at a after date.
Thomas Andersson carnality admiral of Care by Volvo describes the account thus:
‘Many bodies subscribe to altered kinds of casework today. So we asked ourselves, what about cars? Care by Volvo is a exceptional offer, that you admission via an online cable at a collapsed rate. And it includes abounding casework like insurance, taxes, account and repair.’
Concierge casework accessible as allotment of the adjustment board acrimonious up your car and demography it to be serviced, accepting your car cleaned, and alike refuelling it, by arrangement. Internet arcade casework may additionally be able to bear appurtenances to the cossack of customers’ cars.
During subscription, Care by Volvo barter can additionally get admission to a altered Volvo at assertive times of the year – if they appetite a bigger car for a cruise away, for example. It’s additionally a accessible way of adorable barter to try out altered Volvo models advanced of their cable active out, one imagines…
In the UK, bold you’re affairs the car the ancient way and not through the Care by Volvo package, prices alpha at £27,905 for a T3 petrol-engined front-wheel-drive Momentum model. The agnate agent D4 costs £28,965.
Momentum is the basal rung of three trim levels, beneath R-Design and Inscription. A bound cardinal of cars will be awash from barrage as kit-laden Aboriginal Edition variants, accessible alone with the T5 and D4 engines.