Volvo is experiencing a renaissance in every sense of the word. We have to admit that we were very suspicious when the Chinese car manufacturer Geely bought the Swedish company, but they surprised everyone with a range of amazing models. They made the impressive XC90, while the new generation XC60 is coming very soon. Still, this won’t be all from them, as they are already working on the compact crossover, which is coming as the 2019 Volvo XC40.
The all-new SUV won’t become available before 2018, but the carmaker already testing the production-ready prototype in the snowy Sweden. The car seems to feature pretty much the same deign as the 40.1 Concept that was previewed last year and we are sure there will be no big changes when it hits the showrooms. This isn’t too bad at all, as the concept looks dynamic and powerful from each side. It will also host a range of advanced technologies and Volvo’s autonomous driving.
The crossover will ride on the CMA platform, which enables refined driving dynamics and a range of impressive engine options. The US-specs model won’t get any kind of diesel, but the European customers will be able to choose between D2, D3, and D5 oil-burners. On the other hand, the gasoline XC40 will get the all-new T2 and T3 engines. Of course, the carmaker will introduce the range-topping model with an amazing T5 mill. This is basically a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and an electric motor. This option will use all-wheel drive system only, while the rest of the range is getting a front-wheel drive as the first option. On the other hand, all engines should be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 2019 Volvo XC40 will basically attack German’s car manufacturer, so it will get pretty much the same base price as the biggest rivals. For instance, the BMW X1 starts at around $34,000, while the Audi Q3 costs about $33,000. Volvo’s all-new compact crossover should be priced a little bit below. Let’s say around $32,000.