Rumored Volvo XC40 Compact Crossover on the Way
V40, V40 Cross Country Sibling Due in Three Years
Volvo will introduce a compact crossover based on its V40 and V40 Cross Country (pictured above) compact cars in 2018, according to a report in Automotive News. The crossover, likely to be called XC40, will arrive to do battle with the next-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA, Buick Encore, and recently revealed all-new BMW X1. Automotive News Europe first broke the info, which was not officially sourced by Volvo.
However, it’s all but guaranteed that Volvo will produce a compact crossover on its V40 architecture, especially given that segment’s thriving sales worldwide. The Volvo XC40 would probably be built on the company’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), a platform that could give rise to a variety of new Volvos.
After the XC40’s expected debut in 2018, the V40 will move to the platform, followed by an S40 sedan variant. The base engine for all three is expected to be a 1.5L I-3, a turbocharged engine that uses the same architecture as the 2.0L I-4 that appears in all other Volvo products. According to Top Gear, that motor will produce around 170 hp, more than enough for a compact crossover.
It’s also possible that the XC40 will be offered as a plug-in hybrid. An XC40 “Twin Engine” could produce around 300 hp, giving the segment sprinter BMW X1 a run for its money. If that’s the case, expect a highway rating exceeding 40 mpg.