Volvo Cars has expanded its line-up of SUVs with the launch of its new XC40 small SUV.
Volvo now has three new SUVs in what is the fastest growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth in terms of sales and profitability.
The new XC40 is the first model on Volvo’s new modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series including electrified vehicles.
“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” says Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up.”
The XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo’s new 3-cylinder engine.
In terms of technology, the XC40 brings the safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from the new 90- and 60 Series cars to the small SUV segment.
Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo’s pilot assist system, city safety, run-off road protection and mitigation, cross traffic alert with brake support and the 360° camera that helps drivers manoeuvre into tight parking spaces.
Production of the XC40 starts in November with the first models arriving in New Zealand in the first quarter of 2018.