2019 Volvo XC40- Emerging from the wave of brand’s success. Volvo is on the path of reinventing itself, and its SUVs are most important part of it. Last year obviously dated XC60 managed to outsell everything in its higher part of compact luxury CUV surroundings in Europe. That also included German trio, which always benefits special boost of figures coming from its populous homeland; traditionally inclined of incorporating patriotism into the automotive purchase. Which then makes the Swedish accomplishment even greater. No stopping now for Volvo, as big XC90 was well accepted by buyers in the current iteration, and brand new XC60 just arrived. Still, SUV segment hides more shelves and why shouldn’t you try to fill all of them, while heat is on. And that leads us to 2019 Volvo XC40.
Where Does It Fit?
Upcoming 2019 Volvo XC40 is a compact SUV. But so is XC60? Well, XC60 occupies higher part of the same compact segment joined by stuff like Audi Q5, Merc GLC, BMW X3, Jag F-Pace; and so on, while XC40 intends to rival smaller and cheaper Q3, GLA, X1, E-Pace… Yes, it is theoretically the same segment, but size and price differentiate all of them well enough, so they rarely collide.
2019 Volvo XC40 – What About Its Looks?
New XC60 arrived as shrunk XC90, so we should maybe expect now dimensionally reduced XC60. Still, we don’t have here Mercedes type of copy-paste, as done with its sedans, so each one of them is to carry its unique flair. Last year’s 40.1 Concept gave a clear picture of what should be anticipated, and spy shots of test mules don’t stray much from that. Rectangular, vertically slatted grille is a must, while special touch here is its curvature inward. Thor’s hammer headlights and boomerang shaped rear ones are also inevitable deal with Swedes, along with cold, clean, yet sophisticated styling lines.
Will It Borrow CX60’s Cabin?
If you thought with the first glimpse that new XC60 just borrowed bigger brother’s cabin, you would be erroneous. Take another look, and you’ll realize that, so XC40 is also coming with its own. Spy shots reveal that small SUV is set to arrive with familiar shape of infotainment screen surrounded by beautifully crafted vents, while HVAC controls and steering wheel are openly borrowed from larger siblings. Contours of the dash and lower console are complete to its right. Anyway, we are ready to be swayed once again with Swedish sublime build quality, attention to details and serene and highly refined elegance, and you should be too.
What About the Underpinnings?
No, not even the platform is going to be borrowed from XC60. Smaller CMA architecture is set to fill under the skin area, same as for the return of S40; and it comes with highly positive attitude toward batteries packs, implying the use of hybrid and EV forms. In fact, Volvo stated that no car produced by itself after 2019 would roll out without the use of electricity. So that makes it pretty clear then. As for those old-school “explosion based” bangers in the meantime acting in solitude or mixed with AC, no more than four-cylinders is Volvo’s mandatory story.
All XC60 and XC90 engine lineup, whether diesel, petrol or hybrid use 2.0-liter L4 with various outputs; as well as miracles of turbocharging, sometimes accompanied by supercharging on top of that. Possible displacement is evident while feeling free to add turbocharged 1.5-liter L3 petrol from V40 to the future mix and expect from around 120 to 250 hp.
2019 Volvo XC40 Release Date and Price
2019 Volvo XC40’s debut is expectedly set at the end of this year, meaning we are not far from it. Starting price tag located within a span of $31k-$34k is supposed as the majority of rivals dwell there. So, it is clear! Sophisticated Swedish flavor is about to enter lower SUV echelons, keeping us all here in high eagerness. What about you?