Volvo's new, powerful XC40 will take on Range Rover's Evoque

Friday, 22 Sep, 2017

The all-new 2018 Volvo XC40 has been revealed, ahead of an Australian debut confirmed for the second quarter of next year.

Volvo telling us other powertrains will be offered later in the XC40's lifecycle, expect a plug-in hybrid and possibly fully-electric version in the future.

In the US this year through August, the Lexus NX is the top-seller among compact luxury crossovers followed by the Acura RDX, BMW X3
and Mercedes GLK/GLC, according to the Automotive News Data Center. The XC40's beltline kicks up into an enveloping C-pillar - a common styling trick among small SUVs, but one that can sacrifice over-the-shoulder visibility. That's particularly effective with the bi-color paint, combining a separate color for the main body of the small SUV and the roof section. Signature Volvo bits, like Thor's hammer styled headlamp and Christmas tree tail lights, have been retained. The front-wheel-drive D3 diesel is available from £28,965, while upgrading from Momentum to R-Design costs around £1,800. That's far from a bad thing, as those two are some of the best-looking vehicles around.

Inside there's an interior which looks very familiar if you've been in a recent Volvo, but one which still has its own character, with a trio of element bridged together in to cohesive whole on the dash, and that big upright tablet infotainment screen is all present and correct.

That sketch came from Ian Kettle, a British exterior designer and graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. There's even a removable trash bin in the center console.

The Xenium bundle, meanwhile, brings an opening panoramic sunroof, 360-degree bird's-eye parking camera and an automated parking system to all XC40s.

No Volvo would be complete without safety equipment. Numerous features we experienced in the XC60 are also in the XC40, including City Safety, Pilot Assist, Run-off Road protection, Cross Traffic alert with brake support, and a 360° camera to help you park.

Volvo will begin the production of the XC40 in November 2017 in Ghent and Belgium.

Care by Volvo will also encompass flexibility and customers will be allowed to switch cars temporarily depending on their needs (market-specific). This flat fee includes maintenance, insurance and the replacement of wear and tear items. In a time where consumers are used to transparent flat-fees for all sorts of services, the traditional process of buying and owning a vehicle can be perceived to be rather complicated. On the sides, it has the same lower indent as was seen in the XC60. Volvo says it will provide more details on its pricing and subscription plans later this year. It will first be available as an all-wheel-drive model for $35,200, with a front-wheel-drive version following in the summer at a starting price of $33,200. Other new outstanding options consist of the so-called On Call smartphone application whereby users can remotely start up the auto to pre-cool the cabin.