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Volvo Brings Style To Compact SUV Segment With XC40

By Agnieszka Flak By Agnieszka Flak
Frederick Owens | 22 September, 2017, 00:49

Specs for the T4 - also a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder - are still to come, Volvo told us. In fact, the V90 wagon is only being offered in the U.S.by special order. With the compact SUV, the automaker will be hoping to replicate the success of its XC90 and its best-selling XC60 SUVs. The front gets the same Thor's Hammer LED lights, flanking a bold grille, but the rear blends familiar features like Volvo's hockey-stick lamps with more unusual aspects like an oversized C-pillar.

With the XC40 Volvo achieved a rare feat because the crossover's look is the same as the day it was first drawn. Anchoring the XC40's design is a bit of plastic cladding at the bottom of the sheetmetal, which gives the small SUV a rugged touch not unlike the one received by the V90 Cross Country.

Volvo's Ghent, Belgium plant will build the XC40 for worldwide consumption.

Volvo claims that the XC40 borrows much of its technology from its 60 and 90 models, and the interior is the strongest evidence of that.

The Gothenburg-based company said in July all of its models launched after 2019 would be electric or hybrids. Co-developed within Geely, the CMA is a scaled-down version of the SPA architecture that underpins the new S90 and XC90. It proposes the most youthful variant of the brand's current styling direction and it more or less mirrors the design of the 40.1 concept.

That includes a raft of conventional safety systems and more advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS, technologies.

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Volvo's optional equipment includes its semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, which can steer, accelerate and brake the vehicle in certain settings; a 360-degree camera to help drivers maneuver in and out of tight parking spaces; as well as a system the guides the vehicle into a parking spot.

The new model adopts a more lavish and elegant look than the brand's older compact entries, and the XC40 adopts the distinctive, portrait-shaped touchscreen. He underlined the need to have a clear difference between lease and subscription, saying that if a customer wanted to change their auto for a couple of days, then he or she could get a larger model from Volvo's product portfolio. If it's successful, it could be the way millenials "buy" cars in the future ...

Volvo will be trying to appeal to customers looking for a high driving position, practicality and muscular looks of an SUV but with modest off-road capabilities and better efficiency.

"For the first time in its history, Volvo Cars has three new, globally available SUVs in what is the fastest-growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth in terms of sales and profitability", the Geely-owned automaker said in a statement.

Volvo Cars showed off its first compact SUV on Thursday with the launch of its XC40 model, the latest in a sweeping overhaul of the carmaker's line-up under Chinese ownership. What's more, lessees can upgrade/get a new vehicle as early as 12 months in.

Customers will be able to choose between three different levels of specification.

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