The brand new Volvo XC40 SUV is now accessible with a three-cylinder petrol engine – the primary three-cylinder unit produced by Volvo in its 91-year historical past.
The engine is a 1.5-litre unit, and whereas it’s the primary time an engine of this configuration has been utilized in a Volvo, we’ve seen this engine earlier than – it’s the identical 1.5-litre three-cylinder used within the new LEVC London taxi.
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Producing 154bhp, three-cylinder XC40 fashions shall be badged T3. Energy is shipped to the entrance wheels through a six-speed handbook gearbox, however an eight-speed computerized shall be made accessible sooner or later. Costs begin from £27,905.
Till now, UK consumers have solely been supplied the vary topping First Version XC40, accessible with both a 187bhp four-cylinder diesel engine or a 247bhp petrol choice. Alongside the addition of the three-cylinder T3 automotive, a 148bhp D3 diesel has arrived, in addition to an additional petrol choice within the type of the 187bhp T4. Past the First Version trim degree, the XC40’s line-up has now branched out to incorporate Volvo’s ordinary full unfold of trims, together with entry-level Momentum, sporty R-Design and plush Inscription vehicles.
Quickly, a plug-in hybrid three-cylinder XC40 will arrive on sale, whereas Volvo has additionally confirmed plans for a pure-electric model of its smallest SUV.
The XC40’s design takes a bunch of cues from its bigger XC60 and XC90 siblings, however packages them in a extra compact and athletic form. The imposing front-end, with the trademark grille design and ‘Thor’s Hammer’ LED lights, options, as does a clamshell bonnet. The C-shaped back lights and comely tailgate translate over, however the coupe-like roofline, cut-outs within the doorways and steeply rising rear window line are distinctive to this automotive.
The XC40 is the primary automotive to utilise Volvo’s CMA (Compact Modular Structure) platform developed at the side of the Swedish agency’s Chinese language proprietor, Geely. No dimensions have been revealed but, however as Volvo says the newborn SUV has been “designed primarily for the town” we might count on it to be significantly shorter and narrower than an XC60.
Volvo claims that the XC40 borrows a lot of its expertise from its 60 and 90 fashions, and the inside is the strongest proof of that. The sprint is dominated by the identical nine-inch portrait touchscreen providing up sat-nav with an elective SIM card for real-time visitors information, superior voice management and a bunch of internet apps for elevated connectivity. The ‘On Name’ smartphone app and emergency help system is customary on each automotive, too, permitting features comparable to distant pre-cooling or heating.
The 12.Three-inch TFT instrument show can be customary even on base Momentum fashions, which get LED headlights, 18-inch alloys, Volvo’s energetic air filtration system, dual-zone local weather management and rear parking sensors. Persevering with the model’s security focus, additionally customary is emergency braking that may detect animals and pedestrians, and Oncoming Lane Mitigation which steers the automotive to maintain you out of the trail of an oncoming car.
Consumers can improve to sporty R-Design spec (from £29,755) to achieve gloss black styling particulars, a black roof, diamond lower or matt-black alloys, a mixture of leather-based and nubuck upholstery on extra supportive seats, and aluminium sprint inlays. High spec Inscription (from £30,405) comes with full leather-based, an electrical tailgate, wooden detailing and even a crystal glass gearlever.
All trims may be laid out in ‘Professional’ type, including much more tools together with adaptive beam headlights. Additional choices embrace wheel sizes as much as 21 inches, a 1,200w Harman Kardon stereo and the model’s semi-autonomous Pilot Help driving characteristic.
The boot is 460-litres with the seats in place, with an underfloor storage space and a folding boot flooring that doubles as a baggage divider.
Volvo has additionally launched a brand new scheme to make it simpler to pay in instalments on an XC40. ‘Care By Volvo’ operates like a pay month-to-month telephone service, with a clear flat month-to-month price nationwide, and extras comparable to a deposit, insurance coverage and tax taken care of. Prospects additionally get a brand new automotive each 24 months with the scheme.
A spread of digital concierge companies characteristic, so prospects can organize fuelling, cleansing and repair pick-up instances for his or her automotive. Care By Volvo subscribers may also be the one prospects that may ‘share’ their automotive with family and friends through a digital key, though this service is but to be accessible within the UK. Care By Volvo will initially solely be accessible to consumers contained in the M25, with T5 and D4 Momentum fashions accessible from £629 a month for 24 months.
Q&A with Ian Kettle, Lead Exterior Designer, XC40
The XC40’s exterior styling idea was the work of younger British designer Ian Kettle. We caught up with him for a stroll across the car.
What have been your inspirations for this automotive?
Weirdly, I’d been watching some sci-fi motion pictures – Oblivion and Elyisum – and there have been some powerful little robots concerned. They impressed me to provide you with this product-y design language, the place the entire traces are resolved or the place all of them have a perform.
Which was the toughest a part of the form to resolve?
In all probability the underside of the windscreen. As you understand, this automotive’s platform is designed for plenty of makes use of, so with an SUV – and this automotive needed to be an SUV, not a crossover – we needed to discover a approach of lifting the bottom of the display up with out it wanting too apparent. I feel we’ve performed a superb job of it.
You point out what this automotive needed to be. What was the exact listing of necessities?
It needed to have a transparent SUV identification, but in addition be youthful and, most importantly of all, undoubtedly not merely a bit brother to the XC90 and XC60. It’s a cousin, actually; there are slices of the identical DNA in there, however that’s all.
Which bit are you most pleased with?
I actually like the way in which we’ve inverted the grille. Within the XC90 and XC60 it’s very proud and powerful, however we’ve inverted it on the XC40 and it really works rather well, I feel.
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