Volvo Releases XC40 Teaser on Twitter, Will Reveal Compact SUV September 21
Unique Styling to Break From Company Tradition
Volvo will introduce its first-ever compact SUV September 21, according to its Twitter page. The XC40, which will likely hit the market early next year as a 2019 model, has been teased before, but Volvo is still mum on the small crossover’s details.
However, the company does suggest that it’ll be a more expressive, unique design than the XC90 and its mini-me XC60. “We had two options,” said Robin Page, senior vice president design at Volvo Car Group. “We could either play it safe and traditional or throw away the rule book and do something new.”
Indeed, the teasers and leaked images of the XC40 suggest it will be a more modern take on the Swedish SUV than the still-gorgeous XC90 and its mini-me, the XC60. With a faster rear roofline, conspicuously shapely haunches, and contrast-color roof panels, the XC40 should still be quite stylish, but in a different way than its understated big brothers.
Volvo also says the interior will be a departure from the brand, obliquely likening the design to an uncluttered desk workspace, with the interior features within arm’s length of the driver. We’re not positive what that means, but it’s possible Volvo will do away with the Sensus Connect Touch vertically oriented touchscreen in favor of a pop-up, tablet-style infotainment that would provide the minimalism Volvo seems to be seeking.
Unlike the XC60 and XC90, which share the company’s Scalable Product Architecture for midsize vehicles, the XC40 will be based on Compact Modular Architecture. As with the larger platform, CMA is capable of electrification; expect a XC40 T6 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid variant with about 250 hp, courtesy of a turbocharged 1.5L I-3 up front and electric motor out back.
After the XC40’s reveal next Thursday, Volvo’s next step is to introduce the vehicle to European markets, likely early next year. We expect the first U.S.-market XC40s to arrive in late 2018 to do battle with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Infiniti QX30. If it has the same Swedish grace as its bigger siblings—just wrapped in a hipper, more stylish package—it’ll probably be a hit.
Source: Volvo, via Twitter