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 shorter.
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 transmission.
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.