New Volvo XC40 2018 has been revealed in the UK.
The launch event in Milan was live streamed via the company’s Facebook page this morning.
XC40 joins Volvo’s SUV line-up alongside the popular XC60 and XC90, and is a compact five-seater.
“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars.
“It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up. So it only feels natural to reveal the XC40 here in Milan, a buzzing European hotspot for fashion, art, design and lifestyle.”
Its overall shape is inspired by its larger siblings but it has a more muscular front end and dynamic grille finished in gloss black.
New Volvo Xc40 2018 prices, specs and design revealed
Contrast cladding, front and rear bumpers and roof help to distinguish it from the range, along with a gloss black finish.
It retains the Thor hammer signature front headlight design and rear light design seen on the XC60 and XC90, but the top of the hammer has been inverted slightly to further distinguish it.
Inside the car the centre console and display borrows design elements from the Xc60/XC90.
This new car will cost from £26,90 in the UK and is available to order now.
It is the first model to be built on the company’s new CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform
Volvo said that car was designed primarily for the city and features advanced connectivity, entertainment and safety technology.
Powering the SUV will be a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines which will initially be available at launch, with power ranging from 150 to 250 bhp.
All of these engines are 2.0-litre – there are 156 hp T3, 190 hp T4 and 247 hp T5 petrols, and 150 hp D3 and 190 hp D4 diesels.
T3 is exclusively available as a front-wheel drive vehicle while the D3 is offered as a front or all-wheel drive car.
The T4, T5 and D4 all come with all-wheel drive and an automative gearbox as standard.
No performance figures from these powertrains have been confirmed yet but will likely be revealed later this year.
Entry-level Momentum versions have the most customisable interior inducing the textile and vinyl interior upholstery with the choice of a contrast-coloured white roof and door mirrors, along with white and black alloy wheels.
Inside the car, Volvo’s Sense nine-inch touch screen comes as standard and is activated using voice controls and benefits from class-leading connectivity features, satellite navigation and three USB sockets.
Also standard are LED headlights, dual-zone climate control with Volvo’s sophisticated ‘CleanZone’ air-filtration system, a 12.3” active TFT configurable driver’s information display and rear parking sensors. Alloy wheels are 18” as standard, with up to 21” wheels available as an option.
Volvo’s On Call smartphone app and emergency assistance package is fitted on every spec XC40. It allows you to control functions such as locking and unlocking the doors and even heat or cool the cabin remotely.
It also has an in-built GPS to give emergency services your exact location in the vent of an accident.
Standard safety equipment across the range includes automatic emergency braking which can detect pedestrians cyclists and large animals to avoid low-speed collisions and Oncoming Lane Mitigation which warns you if you veer from your lane into the path of oncoming traffic.
Upgrading to the R-Design spec model will add sporty touches including a gloss black front grille and front and rear lower bumper sections, a black roof and door mirrors, and dual integrated exhaust pipes.
In addition to this the car also benefits from upgraded suspension and 18-inch matt black alloy wheels/
Inside the car, there’s leather/nubuck upholstery, front seat cushion extensions, a perforated leather steering wheel and gear knob, and aluminium dashboard inlays.
The new car comes with a contrast roof in either white or black
The minimalistic interior of the new XC40
At the top of the range is the Inscription model which is the most luxurious in the range.
For the premium price you get a power operated tailgate, leather-faced upholstery, front parking sensors, powered driver’s seat and some other exterior tweaks.
Pilot Assist, Volvo’s innovative semi-autonomous drive feature, is an optional extra on every XC40.
It assists with the steering (up to 80 mph) and takes care of the acceleration and braking to keep the car within lane markings and at the desired speed or distance from any vehicle in front. Pilot Assist is another step towards fully autonomous driving.
The car costs from £27,845 in the UK
Smartphone integration through Android Auto and Apple Carplay are also options on the new Xc40 range as is a new Harman Kardon sound system.
Production of the new XC40 starts in Volvo Cars’ plant in Ghent, Belgium, in November.
The XC40 is available to order now, with the first customer deliveries expected in early 2018.
For more information on the Volvo XC40, including the online configurator, please go to www.volvocars.co.uk