Volvo will comply with up its profitable XC SUV vary with an all-new V40 to rival the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and BMW 1 Collection – and it’ll problem its German rivals by providing not solely a plug-in hybrid model but additionally a pure-electric version.
The XC40 is the primary of the Swedish model’s vehicles to be launched on its all-new platform structure, referred to as Compact Modular Structure (CMA). However Volvo plans to shortly broaden its line-up on the brand new chassis, with the following mannequin anticipated to be a alternative for the ageing V40 hatchback.
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The brand new V40 will look slightly wider than the XC40 as a result of, whereas the 2 vehicles are literally more likely to characteristic the identical width on the entrance axle, the newcomer’s decrease roofline will give the automotive a extra aggressive stance. As previewed by our photos, the V40 will incorporate components from the 40.2 idea, which was proven alongside the 40.1 that finally grew to become the XC40.
The following V40 can be more likely to undertake the XC40’s wheelbase, which is usefully longer than that of the present hatchback. That ought to assist the brand new automotive to ship extra room within the rear, doubtlessly making it extra spacious than the rival A3 and 1 Collection.
The V40 is more likely to have a extra dynamic really feel than the comfort-oriented XC40. Volvo’s head of analysis and growth, Henrik Inexperienced, instructed Auto Categorical that CMA offers his staff the pliability to supply very various kinds of automobiles. “CMA is an effective platform to construct the SUV – the XC40 – however we are able to additionally construct low, dynamic vehicles with it,” he stated.
“XC40 goals for an city setting, providing you with consolation and likewise the commanding view within the site visitors and at junctions. However we don’t must comply with this method with different 40-series fashions which might be coming.”
The V40’s engine line-up will embody the four-cylinder D3 and D4 diesels, plus three-cylinder T3 and four-cylinder T4 and T5 petrols. Crucially, although, CMA has been designed from the outset with electrification in thoughts, and the forthcoming plug-in hybrid and pure-electric variations of the XC40 will likely be mirrored by electrified V40s.
This method may assist Volvo within the premium hatchback market, mirroring Volkswagen’s coverage of manufacturing a totally electrical model of the Golf, whereas each Mercedes and BMW have opted to supply standalone EVs as a substitute.
“In purely bodily phrases, we now have to suit the battery within the ground,” Inexperienced stated, “however CMA offers us fairly good bandwidth. Every thing from the total SUV top all the way down to pretty low vehicles is feasible. We’ve designed CMA from the start to have plug-in functionality.”
The primary totally electrical CMA product is not going to be a Volvo, in reality, however the Polestar 2 high-performance saloon, due within the second half of 2019. Nevertheless, when the electrical V40 does arrive, will probably be provided with a alternative of battery measurement and vary, Inexperienced confirmed. “For every electrical automotive, we are going to usually have not less than two completely different battery sizes on supply,” he instructed us. “The bottom variant will likely be extra cost-efficient, however with a barely restricted vary, after which there will likely be a much bigger choice with the next value, however extra vary and extra energy.”
Count on lots of the XC40’s sensible touches to make it throughout to the V40, not less than on the choices listing. These ought to embody the foldable boot ground, extra-large door bins (with bass audio system moved to behind the dashboard), the takeaway bag hook on the glovebox, in addition to drawers beneath the seats.
On the usual gear listing, Volvo is more likely to reap the benefits of the identical economies of scale that it has utilized to the XC40, and match each V40 with its Sensus nine-inch portrait-layout infotainment system, in addition to a totally digital driver’s instrument panel.
Inexperienced says Volvo would possibly think about smaller fashions sooner or later. “You possibly can in all probability do a smaller automotive with the CMA platform,” Inexperienced stated, “however we’re not actively taking a look at that proper now. So at some point we could have an SUV that’s even smaller than XC40, however in the intervening time that is the thrilling measurement for us.”
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