Volvo is all set to reveal the 2018 XC40 crossover in October 2017 and rivals the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and Mercedes GLA, which will also be revealed at the same time. Ahead of its reveal, the Swedish carmaker says that the new XC40 is the safest car in its class.
The carmaker says it has achieved its safety objectives by combining technology developed for the larger XC90 and XC60 models into the XC40. Volvo's City Safety Package on the XC40 will detect potential accidents with other cars, cyclists, and pedestrians and automatically slows the car.
Other features include Volvo on Call, which automatically alerts the authorities in case of an accident, Pilot Assist, which can help hold a set distance between cars and keep the XC40 in its lane.
Additionally, City Safety, which negotiates to create a gap if a car cuts across you and Run-off Road Protection and Mitigation, which pre-loads safety equipment including the seatbelt when a possible accident is detected.
Malin Ekholm, Vice President Volvo Cars Safety Centre said, "Modern city life presents complex challenges for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. With the XC40, we aim to reduce the so-called cognitive load on the driver. While our safety and driver-assistance systems actively identify and mitigate potential conflicts, you as a driver can relax more and therefore enjoy city driving,"
The Volvo City Safety Package for the new XC40 has been optimised to the attention of the driver more quickly if a likely accident is detected, and as a result, now has an alert sound that couples with the brakes being pulsed.
Based on tests, the response time has come down from 1.7 seconds to 1.4 seconds with the new sound warnings translating to 30 percent improvement. However, the Heads-Up Display (HUD) will not be offered on the XC40 because of the way it's built.
Also, Volvo has highlighted the options of a 12-inch digital driver's display, 9-inch central display as found on the XC60 and XC90 as well as smartphone integration including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 360-degree parking camera and connected apps.
The above features can reduce stress in city driving by, for example, helping drivers locate and pay for vacant parking slots in advance.
Volvo says the development of safety features were based on analyzing accident data from around the world, including China, USA, Germany, and the UK, as well as its base in Sweden. The carmaker also says it has an advantage over its rivals as tests are based on real-world evidence rather than assumptions and simulations.
The new Volvo XC40 is the carmaker's entry-level crossover and now with the most advanced safety features, the Volvo XC40 could be one of the best-in-its-class.