XC40 is Volvo’s smallest SUV in India.
It was not available in the sporty R-Design variant so far.
It will be launched with a petrol engine and automatic gearbox.
AWD may or may not be present.
Volvo’s XC40 has been sold in the Indian market in two variants so far, the Inscription and Momentum. It will now launch a third variant, the R-Design, next month.
The ‘R-Design’ series of variants from Volvo is the sporty-looking variants, equivalent to BMW’s M Sport or Mercedes-Benz’s AMG Line. Thus, the XC40 R-Design will be launched with lively colors, more aggressive styling cues like larger wheel rims, and bumpers with larger intakes and that end up lower to the ground.
The interior of the XC40 R-Design has a lot of features like a large touchscreen infotainment system placed vertically, seats with heating, wireless charging for mobile phones, adaptive cruise control, and of course, a whole suite of safety features, which is Volvo’s calling card.
The two current variants are sold with a 2-liter diesel engine, but the R-Design is scheduled to launch with a petrol engine. This T4 variant’s motor generates just under 190 bhp and 300 Nm. It will put its power through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the steering wheel will be equipped with paddle shifters.
Whether it will use an AWD system like the current diesel-powered variants is in question since the petrol generates 100 Nm less than the diesel. Plus, an AWD system will drive the price up, reduce efficiency and performance under regular conditions, and add complexity.
A front-drive version will be much more efficient and cost-effective, so we can expect Volvo to launch the new variant with that first. A diesel version of the R-Design – and even the XC40 EV – might be launched sometime in 2020, if there is enough demand.