When Volvo presented the 40.1 Concept in 2016, it was a matter
of time when this brand will launch the new compact crossover.
According to some scenarios brand’s new entry-level crossover
was expected as the 2018 model but now when we know all details
about this lovely crossover it’s clear it will join the lineup
as the 2019 Volvo XC40. It will be the strongest competitor to
the 2019 BMW X1.
Volvo’s new crossover will go on sale in summer 2018 but can be
ordered now. It is designed to appeal to younger buyers and
will initially arrive in two trim and engine options. Volvo
will also offer this model with the inline-3 and turbodiesel
engines but hasn’t confirmed these options for the US. Later in
the life cycle, we should also expect the plug-in hybrid and
electric versions. The model will also be equipped with brand’s
latest tech and top-notch safety equipment.
2019 Volvo XC40: Design
The new and brand’s smallest crossover marks the debut of the
new Compact Modular Architecture which will also underpin
future compact cars and hatchbacks. The model has 174.2 inches
in length and rides on the 106.4-inch wheelbase. The height is
65.4 inches and ground clearance 8.3 inches. Compared to
brand’s next-level XC60 crossover, the XC40 is 10.4 inches
shorter, just 0.1 inches lower and the wheelbase is 6.4 inches
Visually, the model has angular bodywork and brand’s familiar
but modernized styling elements. The wide grille with brand’s
logo in the middle sits between sleek, “Thor Hummer”
headlights. The model also has the clamshell hood and sculpted
profile. The rear end comes with brand’s familiar taillights
shape and nice rear bumper.
Inside, the attention will get standard, portrait-oriented
9.0-inch touch screen with Apple Car Play and Android features
also available in all versions. The Sensus infotainment system
will also support Pandora and Yelp connectivity, and the
standard is also Bluetooth audio streaming. All versions will
also come with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel.
At the launch, Volvo will offer this model in two trims, the T4
Momentum, and T5 R-Design. The Momentum will come with 18-inch
wheels, rain-sensing wipers, power liftgate, power driver seat,
leather upholstery, etc. The standard safety systems will be
forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane
keep assist, road sight recognition, rear collision warning,
etc. Optional on this trim will be blind-spot monitoring and
rear cross-traffic alert.
Available will also be 13-speaker Harman Kardon system, heated
front seats and steering wheel, adaptive cruise control,
surround view system, parking assist, dual-zone climate control
and much more.
The second trim option will upgrade with 19-inch wheels, fog
lights, sports chassis tuning, upgraded leather, paddle
shifters, hands-free tailgate, etc.
2019 Volvo XC40: Powertrain options
Volvo will initially launch the 2019 Volvo XC40 with two
powertrain options. Both versions will get power from the
2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Volvo hasn’t said
the power and torque figures of the base version. This version
will come with the front-wheel drive and power should be around
200 hp. Both versions will get an 8-speed automatic
A more powerful option will provide 250 hp and torque 258
lb-ft. The all-wheel drive with part-time Haldex rear axle
clutch will be standard on this version.
Volvo won’t likely offer the manual gearbox and lower output
engine options that will be available in other markets. The
2.0-liter 180 hp diesel will also be available on the Old
Continent but we don’t expect it in the US.
2019 Volvo XC40: Arrival, Price
The 2019 Volvo XC40 will arrive in summer 2018. The
front-wheel-drive version will cost $34, 195. The all-wheel
drive will start at $36, 195.