Officials from Volvo have already given their confirmation on the launch of the XC40 SUV in the Indian market. This is the smallest SUV from the Swedish automaker and will compete with rivals like the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA in the country. There will be two engine options initially, namely the D4 2.0 litre 190 hp four cylinder diesel mill and the four cylinder T5 petrol 2.0 litre engine. There will be eight-speed automatic transmission units for both engines along with all-wheel drive as a standard feature.
Volvo may introduce the D3 2 litre 150 hp diesel engine sometime later in the Indian market and this may get the front-wheel drive option. The XC40 diesel version will come in Inscription and Momentum trims while the petrol version will have the R-Design trim. There will be 18-inch alloy wheels, digital instrument cluster, LED headlights, 9.0 inch touch screen infotainment system, rear parking assist and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The Inscription trims will have 18-inch six-spoke alloys and special external chrome window trim. These variants will also have memory functions for powered driver’s seats along with ambient lighting, part-leather seating, Orrefors crystal gear lever and wooden inlays. The R-Design trim will come with a blacked-out roof, five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels, blacked-out mirrors and aluminum inlays inside. There will be premium leather seats along with a perforated leather finish for the gear lever and steering wheel. There will also be the Sports chassis stiffer springs for enhanced sportiness.
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There will also be the First Edition variant which will have added features like the powered and hands free tail gate, active headlamps, wireless charging for mobile phones and an audio system from Harman. There will also be Pilot Assist for these variants. Safety features will be radar based and will include airbags and City Safety which will prompt braking and may apply brakes automatically in extreme cases for steering clear of collisions. There will be adaptive cruise control, run-off road mitigation, oncoming lane mitigation and information on blind spots.
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The XC40 will be imported fully instead of being locally assembled at the company’s Karnataka plant. This is because the plant can only assemble cars using the SPA architecture from Volvo. The XC40 is the first car from the brand to use the CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) will be used for upcoming models from the 30 and 40 series portfolios. Volvo, however, will look to price the new XC40 quite competitively between Rs. 37-42 lakhs (ex-showroom) in the Indian market.