Volvo’s first carcame down from the factory conveyor in Gothenburg in 1927. Since then, they aremoving from success to success, unceasingly creating revolutionary innovations. Today Volvo is a world-class company with manufacturing companies in Sweden,Belgium and China. The Volvo XC40 will become the main competitor for premium crossovers from BMWand Mersedes, at least the Swedish company’s leadership has said so. Mostlikely it will be, because Volvo now belongs to the well-known Chinese brandGeely Automobile, but as you know, Chinese crossovers have always been special.
INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGN
Exquisite design,plenty of space for things and intelligent technology – The Volvo XC40 is areal SUV that has everything for your comfort on the streets of a big city. Themodern design combines with the proportions of the SUV, creating a bright anddistinctive car. As for the exterior, the developers tried to emphasize thecorporate style of the Scandinavian crossover. This is expressed in everything,by the way, even the most insignificant elements of appearance are found on allexisting models of the company, from crossover to universal. On the crossover, even the optics of the head light in the form of a Torahhammer, one of the most famous Scandinavian gods. Rear position lamps oforiginal shape, working on LED technology. However, the Chinese alsoparticipated, the familiar stanches behind it and the high window-bed linespeak about it. Available in large wheels with light alloy wheels and a largeclearance corresponding to the segment of crossovers. Because of the lowered roof, the side windows are small.
The overallappearance, despite all its originality, follows the latest trends in theevolution of the crossover segment. Therefore, to name a novelty somethingunusual will not work out. From the words of designers, it is known that thecrossover will receive a rich interior, elite type. Except from the rich decoration, the model will receive a bunch of modernequipment and high-tech security systems. Let’s see what Volvo will be able tooffer at the very least. The model offers a mass of enamel colors for paintingthe body, as well as several options for painting the roof, which will allowindividualizing the crossover. Complement the stylish image of the noveltypackage R-Design and an extensive selection of 17-18 inch alloy wheels. Ifdesired, you can even order larger wheels 19, 20 and 21 inch.
The modular CMAplatform, the basis of the new Swedish compact crossover, has provided thenovelty with a fully independent suspension (MacPherson struts in the front anda lot of rear levers), front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (a multi-plateclutch is responsible for connecting the rear wheels). At the choice of thebuyer a standard sports and even adaptive suspension with shock absorbers,capable of changing the degree of damping.
The platform, by the way, is able to provide production of a crossover, bothwith a hybrid power plant, and fully electric modification. With the start of sales, the new Volvo XC40 is available only with two2.0-liter four-cylinder motors of the latest Modular Drive-E family in thecompany with 8 automatic transmissions and a full drive. In mid-2018, a basicversion of the new Volvo XC40 T3 with 156-horsepower three-cylinder 1.5-literturbo engine, 6 manual gearbox and front-wheel drive will be available forpurchase.
TheVolvo XC40 D4 AWD with2.0-liter turbo diesel (190 HP 400 Nm) is gaining the first hundred for 7.9seconds, the top speed is 210 kmh, the claimed diesel fuel consumption is 5.1liters.
TheVolvo XC40 T5 AWD with a 2.0-liter petrol turbocharged engine (247 hp 350 Nm)fires from 0 to 100 kmh in 6.5 seconds, a top speed of 230 km / h, and a mixedfuel consumption of 7.3 liters.
RELEASE DATE AND PRICE
The production ofthe new Volvo XC40 started in November 2017 at the Volvo Car Gent plant inBelgium’s Ghent. In Europe, orders for the new compact Volvo crossover arealready priced at 44,450 euros for the 190-horsepower diesel version of theVolvo XC40 D4 AWD and from 45,750 euros for the petrol 247-horsepower VolvoXC40 T5 AWD. The most affordable option will be the Volvo XC40 T3 with aninitial 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol 156-horsepower engine andfront-wheel drive with a value of 31,000 euros. In Russia, sales of thecrossover Volvo ХС40 will begin in the spring of 2018. The starting price for the SUV in the U.S. willbe about $33,200.
The manufacturerassures that the new XC40 is the safest car among compact premium crossovers: 9airbags in the cabin, a safety cushion for a pedestrian, accidentally got underthe wheels of a car, a camera of a circular view, an automatic braking system(City Safety), an approach warning system Cross-traffic vehicles (Cross TrafficAlert), a semi-automatic driving system (Pilot Assist), a Run-off Roadprotection system that helps reduce the risk of departure from the road. According to these facts, we may make a conclusion that it will be oneof the safest car as of 2018.