Volvo’s next-generation compacts will be based upon the CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform developed by Volvo in partnership with parent company Geely. The platform guarantees advanced technologies in the areas of connectivity, electrification and self-governing driving, as well as the refined driving characteristics you ‘d get out of a premium offering.
It’s currently spawned a vehicle for Geely’s brand-new Lynk & Co brand name, and the next recipient will be the XC40. We’re expecting the XC40 to go on sale in 2018, as a 2019 model. Competitors will include the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Cadillac XT4, Infiniti QX30 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
2019 Volvo XC40 Design
The XC40 will be mechanically almost identical to the Lynk & Co 01 compact crossover, which was just recently spied on various occasions in production guise. Anticipate the production variation of Volvo’s smallest crossover ever to be unveiled at a Chinese Auto Show in the very first half of 2017.
The model will be accompanied by a hatchback and a sedan by 2018, but we should also consider a long-wheelbase variation created solely for the Chinese market. The second generation of the XC60, which is anticipated to be gone for the 2017 Geneva Motor Show will finish Volvo’s three-pillar crossover/SUV offensive, but it’s the XC40 which will most likely end up being the best-seller of the trio.
2019 Volvo XC40 Engine
Base versions will be front-wheel-drive, while more powerful models will also get AWD. Engine-wise, a modular household of 3- and four-cylinder powerplants is expected to provide the zest, both gas and diesel. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are also in preparation, particularly given that last year’s 40.1 Concept was powered by a T5 Twin Engine setup.
The most powerful models in Volvo’s compact variety will wear a “T5” badge and feature a Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain including an internal combustion engine and electric drive system, much like in the XC90 T8 Twin Engine. At the other end of the scale, there will be versions with inline-3 engines that Volvo just recently verified will feature “T2” and “T3” badges. Anticipate D2, D3 and D5 diesel variants also, though most likely not in the United States.