Volvo India has just announced that the XC40 compact luxury SUV will be launched in India on the 4th of July, 2018. While media drives of the SUV are now on, Volvo has also started taking bookings for the XC40 from today. All Volvo dealerships across India have begun accepting pre-bookings for the XC40 SUV for a booking amount of Rs. 5 lakh. Pre-booking the SUV will allow buyers to jump the queue, and get a faster delivery. However, test drives will begin only from early July, when test drive vehicles reach dealerships in India. Even variant details and pricing will be revealed only on the day of launch.
This development was confirmed by the Managing Director of Volvo India, Charles Frump, who said,
“Volvo Car India is gearing up for the launch of the All-New XC40, an entry luxury SUV. After winning the European car of the year, it will soon be available in India. Media drives is currently underway in Hyderabad. The company expects all of its first lot of 200 units to be pre-booked before the launch as the SUV promises to bring freshness in the segment with a host of features unique to the XC40. Customers can reach out to our dealers to pre-book their Volvo XC40. Specifications, features and price will be announced on the day of launch but bookings can be secured at our dealerships before launch at INR 500,000 as deposit.”
The Volvo XC40 will be the Swedish luxury car brand’s entry level offering. The SUV will be imported into the country as a completely built unit (CBU). Local assembly could take place in future, through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route at Volvo’s assembly unit near Bangalore. The XC40 will be sold with a 2-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with a twin scroll turbocharger. This engine outputs 190 PS of peak power and 400 Nm of peak torque. The SUV gets an 8-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Even a four wheel drive system is likely to be offered as standard. Prices are expected to start from Rs. 40 lakhs. In India, the XC40 will take on vehicles, such as the Audi Q3, the BMW X1 and the Mercedes Benz GLA crossovers.