The official launch date for Volvo’s baby SUV, the XC 40, is confirmed to be July 4. The carmaker mentioned in an official statement that bookings for the smallest XC are now open, with the booking amount being set at Rs. 5 lakh.
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The first car to be built on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), the XC 40 is targeted at a younger customer base, and is consequently expected to attract new customers to the brand in India. At present, the XC 40 will be offered in a single, fully-loaded R-Design variant with a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 190hp and 400Nm of torque. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with all-wheel drive being offered as standard. Based on the market response and reception, Volvo may eventually consider introducing a petrol engine and adding another variant to the line-up.
Expected to rival the likes of the Audi 3, BMW X1, and the Mercedes Benz GLA, The XC 40 R-design is accompanied by alluring features such as wireless mobile phone charging, a 750-watt 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, 19-inch wheels, powered tailgate and heated front and rear seats. The sporty R-Design trim also features a dual-tone interior and Volvo’s 9.0-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen infotainment and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
As far as safety is concerned, you won’t be disappointed, as this Volvo offering is loaded with a full suite of radar-based safety tech comprising lane-keeping assist, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, pilot assist, emergency braking, along with ESP, traction control, hill descent control, and multiple airbags.
Since the XC 40 will only be brought in as a full import as of now, it will attract high duties, but at an expected price of Rs. 43-45 lakh (ex-showroom), it should be on par with the fully-loaded trims of its rivals.