The Volvo XC40, entry-level luxury SUV has been listed on the Swedish automaker’s Indian website, confirming that this vehicle will be soon launched here. The XC40 is expected to launch in India during the middle of 2018. It will be least priced Volvo luxury SUV, and will take on the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Mercedes Benz GLA. The SUV, which is based on Volvo’s Common Module Architecture (CMA) platform will be imported into India as a completely built unit (CBU).
Volvo is likely to launch only fully loaded variants of the XC40, with prices expected to start from Rs. 35 lakhs. Volvo’s strategy for India has involved launching fully-loaded cars at a price that is lower than that of competitors. This gives almost every Volvo car sold in India a distinct value-for-money appeal. The same is likely to happen with the XC40, which will be offered with petrol and diesel engines. Both engines will be turbocharged, and feature 8 speed automatic gearboxes. All wheel drive will also be standard with both engines.
The petrol engine is a 2 liter, turbocharged unit with 247 Bhp while the diesel engine also gets a similar layout, but with 190 Bhp. In terms of safety features, the XC40 will offer 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, traction control, hill-hold assist, Volvo’s City Safety feature that first alerts the driver to brake when obstacles are detected and then brake automatically if the driver doesn’t respond, adaptive cruise control, oncoming lane mitigation, run-off road mitigation and blind spot information systems.
In terms of features, the XC40 is expected to get 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, rear parking assist, a fully digital instrument cluster, a 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, blacked-out roof and mirrors , ambient lighting, powered driver and co-passenger seats, leather seats, leather trim for the steering and gear lever, powered tail gate, wireless phone charging, Harman stereo and a Pilot Assist system that helps the car stick to the lane while highway cruising.