2019 Volvo XC40 Preview
- New compact luxury crossover SUV
- Turbocharged T5 with all-wheel drive
- Future variants with front-wheel drive, hybrid, and electric drivetrains are planned
- Standard Sensus infotainment system
- Emphasis on practical storage solutions
- Full suite of standard and available safety systems
- New “Care by Volvo” ownership option
- On sale in the United States in spring 2018
With the new 2019 Volvo XC40, the automaker completes the rollout of its family of SUVs.
Built on the company’s new Compact Modular Architecture, which will form the basis for a range of 40-series models as well as Volvo’s upcoming family of electric vehicles, the new 2019 XC40 slots into the automaker’s lineup beneath the recently redesigned XC60.
When it goes on sale, reportedly at the end of the first quarter of 2018, it will be available in T5 trim with all-wheel drive for less than $37,000. Later, a less expensive T4 trim expands the lineup, and it will have front-wheel drive.
More details are planned for the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Volvo says that the 2019 XC40 represents a “new expression of Scandinavian design.” Thor’s hammer daytime running lights and signature taillights return, but the XC40 displays a new approach to the current Volvo grille theme.
In profile, the XC40 looks more architectural than the XC60 and XC90, and provides better visual balance than is commonly displayed by compact luxury crossover SUVs. Oversized wheels are available, and an available color-contrast roof treatment provides up to 17 different paint and roof color combinations from which to choose.
Volvo says that the XC40 provides an 8.3-in. ride height, though the company’s statement is unclear as to whether that measurement refers to ground clearance or the seating position height difference between the XC40 and a potential S40 compact entry-luxury car.
Available leather seating in four different colors combines with metal trim panels and accents to give the XC40 a modern interior appearance. Ambient LED lighting offers several different colors from which to choose.
Many components are familiar from the existing Volvo lineup, in particular the Sensus infotainment system, air vents, and stereo volume knob. Volvo says that it placed special emphasis on practical storage solutions, such as a dedicated place for a smartphone, large door pockets, integrated shopping bag hooks, and a configurable cargo area.
Under the Hood
As an option, the XC40 is fitted with a panoramic sunroof that bathes the cabin in natural light.When the XC40 first goes on sale, it will be offered in T5 trim equipped with the company’s turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive will be standard. Volvo did not confirm horsepower or torque ratings, or what transmission will be included.
Later, the XC40 T4 trim will be available, with front-wheel drive. The company did not reveal what power plant will be offered for the T4 model, but because the pricing discount is a nominal one it is a good bet that it will be the same turbocharged 4-cylinder used in the T5.
Future iterations of the XC40 will include gas-electric hybrid and pure electric variants.
Volvo claims the new XC40 will be among the safest vehicles in its segment.
As is true of Volvos today, the company’s City Safety technology will be standard and includes pedestrian, cyclist, and large animal detection as well as automatic emergency braking. Volvo also plans to offer 4 free years of OnCall services.
Available safety upgrades include adaptive cruise control with Pilot Assist, lane-departure warning and prevention, road-departure mitigation, and cross-traffic alert with automatic braking. A 360-degree surround-view camera system will also be available for the XC40.Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system with a 9-in. vertical display will be standard for the XC40, along with Qi wireless smartphone charging, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and access to Spotify, Pandora, and Yelp apps. To preserve storage space in the door panels without sacrificing stereo sound quality, an “air-ventilated woofer” is mounted behind the dashboard.
Among the Volvo OnCall services, a new smartphone app feature will allow the XC40’s owner to share the SUV with trusted friends and relatives, providing remote access to the vehicle.
Volvo will also offer a new Care by Volvo ownership model with the XC40. This is a flat-rate, negotiation-free payment that includes the vehicle, maintenance, insurance, wear-and-tear items, and more. Owners will be able to upgrade to a different car after just 12 months.
Traditional leasing and purchasing will also be available