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In November starts production of the third model of the new Volvo after the XC90 and XC60, the todocamino compact Premium, the alternative to Mercedes GLA, BMW X1 or Audi Q3
Volvo XC40, the range is complete
Volvo will launch this autumn the new XC40, its first compact todocamino. It comes loaded with technology, especially on safety issues that is a priority for the Swedish brand, and comes to complete the new SUV range next to the XC60 and XC90.
The new XC40 is Volvo’s first vehicle based on the new compact modular architecture (CMA) platform. This platform includes a number of innovative technologies that are already equipped in the models of the upper ranges, the XC60 and XC90. In addition, it will be the base of the next vehicles of the series 40, including the totally electric versions. The CMA has been developed in collaboration with Chinese manufacturer Geely, the current owner of Volvo, and is an architecture that enables economies of scale in this segment.
According to the Swedish brand, the XC40 is a premium style model designed for an urban environment and for a young customer, committed to fashion and, above all, to technology. It has innovative safety measures and driving aids and is equipped with the most modern connectivity and infotainment services.
Nordic style in the new XC40.
Among the safety technologies of Volvo’s new compact SUV is the semi-automatic Pilot Assist system which is the hallmark of autonomous driving, the latest generation of City Safety, the attenuation of road exits, protection in case of departure of the road, the warning alert of crossing with automatic brake and the camera of 360 °. Innovations designed to reduce the stress of the driver, according to the Swedish brand, as they improve traffic and protect not only the occupants of the car but also pedestrians and cyclists.
As for infotainment, the XC40 is equipped with technology already present in the highest models in the range of this premium manufacturer. Volvo engineers have worked on a user-friendly and functional interface that offers total connectivity. Like its siblings of the SUV range, the XC60 and its older brother the XC90, the new XC40 incorporates the infotainment system connected Sensus, centered around a large touch screen in vertical position.
In spite of its compact nature, the new XC40 bets on a versatile and habitable interior. The space on board has been one of the slogans of the engineers of the brand, as well as storage solutions. More space has been designed to store objects in the doors, with room for laptops or tablets and bottles of water. There are also voids arranged beneath the seats and removable bins. In the center console incorporates specific spaces for cards, coins or cables. In addition to a structure to recharge the mobile wirelessly.
Recharge your phone wirelessly.
As for the trunk, this has a floor that in Volvo qualify as ‘intelligent’ as it can be folded and serves to separate the luggage. In the same way, the rear seats can be folded electrically and give way to a completely flat floor. Also hooks have been arranged to be able to hang bags.
In the range of the new XC40 there will be three levels of equipment: Momentum, oriented to the world of fashion; R-Design, with a more dynamic air; e Inscription, with premium quality accented. For the exterior, it offers a wide variety of color combinations, with monochromatic tones but also with colored compositions.
In terms of engines, initially the new XC40 will be available with two versions: a D4 diesel engine or a T5 Drive-E four-cylinder petrol. Further variants, including a hybrid version and a 100% electric version, will be incorporated into the range later. In addition, the XC40 will be the first Volvo available with a three-cylinder engine.
As a novelty and coinciding with the presentation of the new SUV, the Swedish brand has also launched the “Care by Volvo” subscription service, which involves reinventing the traditional vehicle ownership model. Thanks to this service, and among other options, the Volvo XC40 can be ordered online from now on. It will also include a digital key that allows car sharing with family or friends without the need for a physical key.
Production of the new XC40 will begin in November at the Belgian Volvo Cars plant in Ghent, although orders are already allowed. The first deliveries are scheduled for the end of the year. This model is very important for the future of Volvo and also for the segment of compact all-inclusive premium. This XC40 has its main rivals in the Mercedes GLA, BMW X1 or Audi Q3, but with respect to them brings a perfectly differentiated style, an interior marked by the Nordic design, unique in the world of automotive. And above all, it offers safety as a priority argument of the brand.
C. Cancela – THE CONFIDENTIAL – 22.09.2017 (Transaltion Soft)