Volvo, the Swedish carmaker is gearing up to bring its third SUV, Volvo XC40, to India by mid-2018. The entry-level SUV has already been unveiled in the international markets and booking of the car has also been started.
The company has recently launched the next-gen model of its popular mid-sized SUV, Volvo XC60 and also sells the flagship SUV, XC90 in India.
The India-bound SUV, XC40 is Volvo’s first model to be underpinned by the CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform. The XC40 is company’s first small SUV and also the production version of the Volvo 40.1 concept. It will be offered in three variants - Momentum, Inscription, and R-Design.
The base variant, Momentum gets LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensor, 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster. The inscription variant gets a set of distinctive 6-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels along with the features of Momentum variant. The top-end, R-Design variant flaunts a sportier styling with 5-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels.
Globally, the Volvo XC40 is available in two engine models - T5 petrol and D4 diesel units. The petrol unit features a 2.0-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that can produce a maximum power output of 247 bhp at 5,500 revolutions per minute and a peak torque of 350 Nm between 1,800-4,800 revolutions per minute. On the other hand, the diesel variant is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit that can churn out a maximum power output of 190 bhp at 4,000 revolutions per minute against a peak torque of 400 Nm between 1,750-2,500 revolutions per minute. The engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and AWD is standard. However, Volvo is also speculated to introduce a new D3 diesel engine to the XC40 SUV at the later stage.
The starting price of the Volvo XC40 is expected to range somewhere between Rs. 35 lakh (ex-showroom) to Rs. 40 lakh (ex-showroom). Once launched, the entry-level SUV will be up against the likes of Skoda Kodiaq, Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA in India.