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Swedish automaker Volvo has finally pulled the wraps off its new small SUV, the XC40 in Milan, Italy. The vehicle is based on the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) developed for the emerging markets.
The XC40 is similar to the 40.1 concept showcased in 2016 and carries some design elements from its elder siblings, the XC60 and XC90.
The front fascia of the compact SUV features Thor's hammer LED daytime running lights, evolved grille and structured profile. The overall design of the SUV is influenced by architecture and fashion.
The interior of the XC40 features 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel carried over from the XC60 and XC90 and a 9-inch infotainment system slotted in the middle of the dashboard. Volvo states that the XC40 offers a new approach to the storage inside the vehicle with storage spaces under the seats and in the doors.
The safety and driver assistance features of the XC40 include Pro Pilot Assist, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert with Brake Support, and 360-degree camera.
The XC40 will be offered in 5-seater configuration. The compact SUV will be available with a range of three and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A plug-in hybrid and an all-electric variant will be introduced in the future.
Volvo will begin the production of the XC40 in November 2017 in Ghent and Belgium. The compact SUV will be delivered to customers by early-2018. The new small premium SUV from Volvo will rival the likes of Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1.
With the compact SUV segment rapidly growing, Volvo is expected to bring the new XC40 to the Indian market by mid-2018. Expect the prices to start from Rs 28 lakh when launched in the country.