Swedish car maker Volvo, which is now owned by Chinese automaker Geely, is seriously mulling a rival to the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Mercedes Benz GLA crossovers. Dubbed the Volvo XC40, the luxury crossover, if made, will sit under the XC60 in terms of market positioning. Volvo is likely to use the compact modular architecture (CMA) for the XC40 crossover.
The CMA will underpin compact cars in Volvo’s line up and the platform is in addition to the automaker’s Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA). The CMA has been jointly developed by Volvo and its Chinese parent, Geely. Both Volvo and Geely will build their respective cars under the CMA, but will share parts and production lines.
Coming back to the XC40, the crossover’s dimensions are likely to be much smaller than the XC60. In terms of size, expect the XC40 to rival the likes of the Audi Q3, with a high riding stance that remain true to the XC line up of SUVs sold by Volvo. The launch time frame of the Volvo XC40 has not been revealed yet.
However, a 2016 launch time frame is anticipated for the new crossover given the fact that Volvo’s President and CEO, Mr. Håkan Samuelsson, has noted that, A small SUV is very high on our wish list. There is a clear trend towards downsizing and we will provide customers with an SUV that is small in stature but remains premium in nature.
Volvo has a new line up of Drive E turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines based on a four cylinder layout. These engines are likely to make it to the engine bay of the production-spec XC40 crossover. Certain international markets are likely to get hybrid power on the XC40 crossover. Expect Volvo to bring the XC40 to India within a year of the crossover’s international launch.