2018 Volvo XC40

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Thread created in advance for the upcoming Volvo small SUV. Lots riding on this one. A single "leaked" image is out.


Volvo XC40 preview image leaks

A first glimpse at the production Volvo XC40 small SUV comes from the brand’s German site, which published a preview image ahead of time

The rear of the Volvo XC40 has been part-revealed early, thanks to a slip up from Volvo’s German arm.

The preview image was shown on the brand’s German website, but was quickly removed, suggesting that it was accidentally shown ahead of the official release time.

Despite Volvo’s claims that the XC40 will be more playful and pitched at a younger market than its other models, the small SUV has all the visual cues of the XC60 and XC90.

Volvo also recently confirmed that the XC40 will be the smallest SUV in its line-up.

This quells rumours that Volvo’s recently hinted-at 20 series - which will be the smallest models the company makes - will spawn an SUV variant akin to the Mini Countryman and Audi Q2.

Despite this, Volvo is aggressively taking aim at the current premium small-SUV market in which the XC40 will compete, going so far as to describe the segment as "lacking in individuality and playfulness".

The XC40, which will be the first car based on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture, aims at a more youthful audience than the XC60 and XC90 models. The XC40 offers a number of customisation options to reflect this, with a greater level of exterior and interior colour combinations than any previous Volvo. Unusual interior options such as orange carpet and red upholstery have been suggested.

The XC40 will be revealed this autumn, and the brand's description of the model distances it from the rest of the range, including a wider variety of materials used. A panel embossed with map-like patterns is shown in the official teaser shots that have been released, as are more rugged, block-metal and driftwood-like materials. This is the first official glance we've had of any element of the XC40, despite spy photographers catching the car in development.

“We wanted the XC40 to be a fresh, creative and distinctive member of the Volvo line-up, allowing its drivers to put their personality in their driveway," said Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath. "XC40 drivers are interested in fashion, design and popular culture and often live in large, vibrant cities. They want a car that reflects their personality. The XC40 is that car."

Volvo also confirmed its three trim levels for the XC40 range: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Despite being the entry-level trim, Momentum is described as the most fashion-conscious in the range. As per Volvo’s other models, R-Design will be sportier and Inscription more luxurious.

A full list of engine options has yet to be confirmed, but at the heart of the range will be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit derived from the brand's 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol. Diesel engines are certain to appear too, and both naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will feature. A 180bhp hybrid, with a 106bhp petrol engine and a 74bhp electric motor, will top the range, under the T5 Twin Engine badge. It will be front-wheel drive, with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, and it will have the capacity for 30 miles of electric-only range.

Prices for the XC40 range are expected to start at about £25,000, undercutting rivals such as the upcoming Jaguar E-Pace (priced from £28,500), as well as the existing Audi Q3 (£27,610) and Range Rover Evoque (£30,600).

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volvo-xc40-preview-image-leaks



 

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2018 Volvo XC40: This Is Some Of It

An apparent slip-up by the German Volvo Cars website led to a peak of the 2018 Volvo XC40. The photo was taken down quickly, according to Autocar, which suggests it was almost certainly an official Volvo photo.

It’s hard to glean much from a single photo of the vehicle’s rear-end, but it certainly has the visual cues of the new Volvo XC60 and XC90. Chances are it’ll look like an electric concept that was released in 2016.

http://jalopnik.com/2018-volvo-xc40-this-is-some-of-it-1797264854
 

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Volvo's new XC40 introduces the clutter-free cabin

As our lives have become more cluttered, so have our cars; the smaller the car, the worse the clutter. We use cupholders to stash phones, door pockets as rubbish bins, loop charging cable around the hand brake lever and push boxes of tissues under our seats.

To say nothing of the loose sunglasses, pens, adaptors and petrocards rattling around in the glove compartment. So, when when planning the interior of their new XC40 ‘city SUV’, Volvo designers took a long Swedish look at how city dwellers use our cars, what we take with us - and where we put it.

Louiza Atcheba, brand manager for the 40 series, explained that different regions and cities produced remarkably similar results.

Cupholders as cupholders

“When we spoke to people about how and where they store the things they carry with them daily, we realised most of today’s cars fall short in this area. Phones slide around in the mid-console, takeaway bags are at constant risk of falling over and people fumble behind the wheel as they try to get service cards out of their wallets.

“So we took the speakers out of the doors and put an air-ventilated sub-woofer behind the dashboard, making the door pockets big enough to take a laptop or a couple of bottles. And when we designed the centre console, we made sure that cupholders can be used as cupholders by providing areas for coins, cards or charging cables - as well as a usable space for your phone with both wireless charging and a USB port.”

Removable rubbish bin

Senior design manager Conny Ewe Blommé added a small folding hook in the glove compartment to small shopping or takeaway bags, and a storage space under each front seat that’ll safely hide a 10 inch tablet, out of sight but within reach.

There are slots for credit, toll and service cards in the dashboard, a space under the centre armrest big enough for a box of tissues and a removable, washable rubbish bin for used tissues and snack wrappers.

“We put folding partitions in the boot floor to separate your luggage,” added Blommé, “so you can use all the luggage space without removing the floor from the car, with two side hooks to secure shopping bags and four load hooks so you can strap bulky items safely down.

“There’s also a private, lockable storage compartment under the boot floor.”

Atcheba commented: “We wanted everything you need in your car within reach but out of sight - it’s about clearing the clutter so you can clear your mind.”

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/volvos-new-xc40-introduces-the-clutter-free-cabin-10917643

[video=youtube_share;gMpAoXy-6Rc]https://youtu.be/gMpAoXy-6Rc[/video]
 

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New Volvo XC40 will be safest car in its class, says its maker

Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA rival will be revealed next month, featuring safety equipment developed on XC90 and XC60

The Volvo XC40 - the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA rival set to be revealed next month - will be the safest and most relaxing car to drive in cities in its class, according to its maker.

Volvo says it has achieved its safety goals by incorporating technology developed for the larger XC90 and XC60 models into the XC40, even though the new, smaller car is built on an all-new technology, known as Compact Modular Architecture (CMA).

This includes Volvo’s City Safety package, which will be offered as standard in the UK. The XC40 will use a new development of the system that detects potential accidents with other cars, cyclists and pedestrians and automatically slows the car. Insurance statistics from other Volvos fitted with earlier versions of the system have already shown that it has reduced the number of claims by 28%.

Other safety technology with include Volvo on Call, which automatically alerts the authorities in the event of an accident, Pilot Assist, which can help hold a set distance between cars and keep the XC40 in its lane, City Safety, which intervenes to create a gap if a car cuts across you and Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation, which pre-loads safety equipment including the seatbelt when a likely accident is detected. These are expected to be options.

"Modern city life presents complex challenges for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. With the XC40, we aim to reduce the so-called cognitive load on the driver. While our safety and driver-assistance systems actively identify and mitigate potential conflicts, you as a driver can relax more and therefore enjoy city driving," said Malin Ekholm, Vice President Volvo Cars Safety Centre.

This year, 1.5m people are expected to die on the roads globally, with that figure expected to rise to 2m by 2020 - the date Volvo has set for its so-called Vision statement of nobody dieing or being seriously injured in a Volvo. Ekholm stressed that the latest equipment on the XC40 would be another stepping stone towards achieving that aim.

The XC40’s City Safety package has been optimised to get a driver’s attention back on the road more quickly if a potential accident is detected, and as a result now has an alert sound that combines with the brakes being pulsed. The feature is already on the XC90, S90, V90 and XC60. Tests have shown that response time with the system is 1.4sec - down from 1.7sec with the old sound and Head-Up Display (HUD) warnings, a 30% improvement. Within that time frame, it takes 0.5sec for a driver to return their eyes to the road and make a decision on how to react.

“Many accidents are caused by ‘mismatch moments’, when you glance over your shoulder, or look at the instruments just as someone else walks out in the road, and this is where we can make a difference,” said Tent Victor, Volvo’s Senior Technical Leader for Crash Avoidance. “But technology can be just as powerful whatever the reason it is called into play - whether someone is on their phone, or their concentration has wondered, if we can get their attention back on the road quickly then we can make a big difference.”

The improvement in reaction time with this system is one reason Volvo has given for not offering the XC40 with a HUD system, which is an option on the XC60 and XC90 and which has previously been lauded by its maker for helping drivers keep their eyes on the road. However, Ekholm says that the system is not as appropriate for the XC40 as the larger cars because of the way it is built.

In addition, Volvo has highlighted the options of a 12-inch digital driver’s display, 9-inch central display as found on the XC60 and XC90, smartphone integration including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 360 degree parking camera and connected apps which can take stress out of city driving by, for instance, helping drivers locate and pay for vacant parking slots in advance.

Volvo has developed its safety systems after analysing accident data from around the world, including China, USA, Germany and the UK, as well as its base in Sweden. Officials say this long-standing commitment to research has underpinned its reputation for building safe cars, and gives it an advantage over rivals because developments are based on real-world evidence rather than assumptions and simulations.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-volvo-xc40-will-be-safest-car-its-class-says-its-maker
 

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Volvo XC40 previewed in new video

Another brief glimpse at the production Volvo XC40 small SUV comes from the brand’s social media; the car will be revealed on 21 September

The Volvo XC40 has been part-revealed again, with a new preview video showing glimpses of the car's lights, grille and rear.

These brief glimpses reveal little of the car, but together show that the production model will closely follow the design of the 40 Series concepts revealed last year. The video also reveals that the XC40 will be revealed on 21 September.

Despite Volvo’s claims that the XC40 will be more playful and pitched at a younger market than its other models, the small SUV has all the visual cues of the XC60 and XC90.

Volvo also recently confirmed that the XC40 will be the smallest SUV in its line-up.

This quells rumours that Volvo’s recently hinted-at 20 series - which will be the smallest models the company makes - will spawn an SUV variant akin to the Mini Countryman and Audi Q2.

Despite this, Volvo is aggressively taking aim at the current premium small-SUV market in which the XC40 will compete, going so far as to describe the segment as "lacking in individuality and playfulness".

The XC40, which will be the first car based on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture, aims at a more youthful audience than the XC60 and XC90 models. The XC40 offers a number of customisation options to reflect this, with a greater level of exterior and interior colour combinations than any previous Volvo. Unusual interior options such as orange carpet and red upholstery have been suggested.

The XC40 will be revealed this autumn, and the brand's description of the model distances it from the rest of the range, including a wider variety of materials used. A panel embossed with map-like patterns is shown in the official teaser shots that have been released, as are more rugged, block-metal and driftwood-like materials. This is the first official glance we've had of any element of the XC40, despite spy photographers catching the car in development.

“We wanted the XC40 to be a fresh, creative and distinctive member of the Volvo line-up, allowing its drivers to put their personality in their driveway," said Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath. "XC40 drivers are interested in fashion, design and popular culture and often live in large, vibrant cities. They want a car that reflects their personality. The XC40 is that car."

Volvo also confirmed its three trim levels for the XC40 range: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Despite being the entry-level trim, Momentum is described as the most fashion-conscious in the range. As per Volvo’s other models, R-Design will be sportier and Inscription more luxurious.

A full list of engine options has yet to be confirmed, but at the heart of the range will be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit derived from the brand's 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol. Diesel engines are certain to appear too, and both naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will feature. A 180bhp hybrid, with a 106bhp petrol engine and a 74bhp electric motor, will top the range, under the T5 Twin Engine badge. It will be front-wheel drive, with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, and it will have the capacity for 30 miles of electric-only range.

Prices for the XC40 range are expected to start at about £25,000, undercutting rivals such as the upcoming Jaguar E-Pace (priced from £28,500), as well as the existing Audi Q3 (£27,610) and Range Rover Evoque (£30,600).

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volvo-xc40-previewed-new-video

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Volvo XC40 full styling leaks before official reveal

A leaked trailer gives us a clear look at the Volvo XC40, including confirmation of a T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid variant; official reveal 21 September

The Volvo XC40 has been leaked again, this time reportedly by the brand's Hungarian arm in the form of a trailer published too soon.

Full styling of the car was shown, including the interior, which draws clear inspiration from the larger 90 Series cars, albeit with the colourful flourishes Volvo promised before the reveal. The leak, first reported by Carscoops, also shows that wireless smartphone charging will feature, as well as textured trim on the dashboard.

On the exterior, the leak shows that the production model will closely follow the design of the 40 Series concepts revealed last year, and confirms that a sporty R Design trim will sit somewhere in the range. A T5 Twin Engine badge on the rear confirms that the model will feature a plug-in hybrid variant from early on in its life cycle, possibly from launch.

A previous preview video also reveals that the XC40 will be revealed on 21 September. Volvo Hungary has since released a

Despite Volvo’s claims that the XC40 will be more playful and pitched at a younger market than its other models, the small SUV has all the visual cues of the XC60 and XC90.

Volvo also recently confirmed that the XC40 will be the smallest SUV in its line-up.

This quells rumours that Volvo’s recently hinted-at 20 series - which will be the smallest models the company makes - will spawn an SUV variant akin to the Mini Countryman and Audi Q2.

Despite this, Volvo is aggressively taking aim at the current premium small-SUV market in which the XC40 will compete, going so far as to describe the segment as "lacking in individuality and playfulness".

The XC40, which will be the first car based on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture, aims at a more youthful audience than the XC60 and XC90 models. The XC40 offers a number of customisation options to reflect this, with a greater level of exterior and interior colour combinations than any previous Volvo. Unusual interior options such as orange carpet and red upholstery have been suggested.

The XC40 will be revealed this autumn, and the brand's description of the model distances it from the rest of the range, including a wider variety of materials used. A panel embossed with map-like patterns is shown in the official teaser shots that have been released, as are more rugged, block-metal and driftwood-like materials. This is the first official glance we've had of any element of the XC40, despite spy photographers catching the car in development.

“We wanted the XC40 to be a fresh, creative and distinctive member of the Volvo line-up, allowing its drivers to put their personality in their driveway," said Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath. "XC40 drivers are interested in fashion, design and popular culture and often live in large, vibrant cities. They want a car that reflects their personality. The XC40 is that car."

Volvo also confirmed its three trim levels for the XC40 range: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Despite being the entry-level trim, Momentum is described as the most fashion-conscious in the range. As per Volvo’s other models, R-Design will be sportier and Inscription more luxurious.

A full list of engine options has yet to be confirmed, but at the heart of the range will be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit derived from the brand's 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol. Diesel engines are certain to appear too, and both naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will feature. A 180bhp hybrid, with a 106bhp petrol engine and a 74bhp electric motor, will top the range, under the T5 Twin Engine badge. It will be front-wheel drive, with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, and it will have the capacity for 30 miles of electric-only range.

Prices for the XC40 range are expected to start at about £25,000, undercutting rivals such as the upcoming Jaguar E-Pace (priced from £28,500), as well as the existing Audi Q3 (£27,610) and Range Rover Evoque (£30,600).

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volvo-xc40-full-styling-leaks-official-reveal

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Volvo XC40 to be revealed tomorrow

A leaked trailer gives us a clear look at the Volvo XC40, including confirmation of a T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid variant; official reveal 21 September

The Volvo XC40 is to be officially revealed tomorrow, although a series of leaks and previews give us a good look at the majority of the car's styling already.

Full styling of the car was leaked most recently, including the interior, which draws clear inspiration from the larger 90 Series cars, albeit with the colourful flourishes Volvo promised before the reveal. The leak, first reported by Carscoops, also shows that wireless smartphone charging will feature, as well as textured trim on the dashboard.

On the exterior, the leak shows that the production model will closely follow the design of the 40 Series concepts revealed last year, and confirms that a sporty R Design trim will sit somewhere in the range. A T5 Twin Engine badge on the rear confirms that the model will feature a plug-in hybrid variant from early on in its life cycle, possibly from launch.

A previous preview video also reveals that the XC40 will be revealed on 21 September. Volvo Hungary has since released an image showing the car's front end, with the rest of the car partially obscured by a building

Despite Volvo’s claims that the XC40 will be more playful and pitched at a younger market than its other models, the small SUV has all the visual cues of the XC60 and XC90.

Volvo also recently confirmed that the XC40 will be the smallest SUV in its line-up.

This quells rumours that Volvo’s recently hinted-at 20 series - which will be the smallest models the company makes - will spawn an SUV variant akin to the Mini Countryman and Audi Q2.

Despite this, Volvo is aggressively taking aim at the current premium small-SUV market in which the XC40 will compete, going so far as to describe the segment as "lacking in individuality and playfulness".

The XC40, which will be the first car based on Volvo's Compact Modular Architecture, aims at a more youthful audience than the XC60 and XC90 models. The XC40 offers a number of customisation options to reflect this, with a greater level of exterior and interior colour combinations than any previous Volvo. Unusual interior options such as orange carpet and red upholstery have been suggested.

The XC40 will be revealed next week, and the brand's description of the model distances it from the rest of the range, including a wider variety of materials used. A panel embossed with map-like patterns is shown in the official teaser shots that have been released, as are more rugged, block-metal and driftwood-like materials. This is the first official glance we've had of any element of the XC40, despite spy photographers catching the car in development.

“We wanted the XC40 to be a fresh, creative and distinctive member of the Volvo line-up, allowing its drivers to put their personality in their driveway," said Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath. "XC40 drivers are interested in fashion, design and popular culture and often live in large, vibrant cities. They want a car that reflects their personality. The XC40 is that car."

Volvo also confirmed its three trim levels for the XC40 range: Momentum, R-Design and Inscription. Despite being the entry-level trim, Momentum is described as the most fashion-conscious in the range. As per Volvo’s other models, R-Design will be sportier and Inscription more luxurious.

A full list of engine options has yet to be confirmed, but at the heart of the range will be a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit derived from the brand's 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol. Diesel engines are certain to appear too, and both naturally aspirated and turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will feature. A 180bhp hybrid, with a 106bhp petrol engine and a 74bhp electric motor, will top the range, under the T5 Twin Engine badge. It will be front-wheel drive, with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, and it will have the capacity for 30 miles of electric-only range.

Prices for the XC40 range are expected to start at about £25,000, undercutting rivals such as the upcoming Jaguar E-Pace (priced from £28,500), as well as the existing Audi Q3 (£27,610) and Range Rover Evoque (£30,600).

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/volvo-xc40-be-revealed-tomorrow
 

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So starting at R600k for a miserable 3 cylinder
Must be tough being stuck in the previous century...
But the Q3 is R507k locally, so the XC40 would be less than that if all things are equal
 

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Must be tough being stuck in the previous century...
But the Q3 is R507k locally, so the XC40 would be less than that if all things are equal
It is very, maybe one day I'll make it to yours.


Volvos locally have always been overpriced... I hope you are right and my predictions are completely wrong
 

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It is very, maybe one day I'll make it to yours.


Volvos locally have always been overpriced... I hope you are right and my predictions are completely wrong
The V40 is actually cheaper in SA than in UK.

A V40 momentum will cost you 22575£ in UK (407533R at today’s rate) versus 401600 here.

From a model sold in euros it makes 387951R, a difference of 14k which is lower than the difference on an A3 for example.

I don’t know how Volvo is overpriced.
 

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Where is out token Volvo fan @powermzii?
Raises hand :)

Interested to see how the concept translates into reality from a tech perspective. Not too worried about number of cylinders but tbh am more interested in the XC60 landing here. There was a video online sometime ago explaining how they would make the 3cy as good as a 4 or even 6 with the help of hybridisation... I fully drank the sauce on Volvo so ... Lol
 

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The V40 is actually cheaper in SA than in UK.

A V40 momentum will cost you 22575£ in UK (407533R at today’s rate) versus 401600 here.

From a model sold in euros it makes 387951R, a difference of 14k which is lower than the difference on an A3 for example.

I don’t know how Volvo is overpriced.
What ive also noticed is that in the UK you would get 6 trim levels while here we only get 3, the differences are somewhat minor but add to that price differential. For example, the UK will Have *Momentum and *Momentum Pro, while here we only get *Momentum. Oddly as well the trims we get here are slightly better specced than the ones in the UK - well that was the case with the V40 at least
 
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