The Volvo XC40 (name unconfirmed) has been known to be in the pipeline for quite some time now. Now a new report from Automotive News Europe, citing undisclosed sources, reaffirms that such a compact crossover is indeed in the cards, and will debut in early 2018.
The Volvo XC40 will be underpinned by the CMA platform. The new platform is being developed jointly with the Swedish automaker’s parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group at Volvo’s new China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) facility in Goteborg, Sweden, and all vehicles based on it, including the XC40, will be built at the Volvo Car Ghent plant in Belgium.
Not much is known about the XC40 as of now, but a report released last month said that the BMW X1 rival will pack a a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine under the hood, which Volvo successfully test fired last year, and confirmed for application on future 60 Series cars.
While an earlier report said that the next-gen Volvo V40 will be the first CMA platform-based car, the new report states the the XC40 will be the first one whereas the next-gen V40 and V40 Cross Country will follow in 2019. The company will offer a plug-in hybrid variant of its compact models, Hakan Samuelsson, President, CEO of Volvo Cars, told the publication. Mr. Samuelsson also said that that autonomous driving will be available as an option in its cars, including compact ones, from 2020.
[Source: Automotive News Europe]
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