The 2019 Volvo XC40, the company’s upcoming compact SUV has been spotted undergoing winter testing, giving us an early look at what we can expect from this new model. The first preview of the XC40 came less than a year ago when Volvo premiered their 40.1 concept vehicle, and from what we can tell from the newly surfaced spy shots, they aren’t prepared to change much for the production model.
The 2019 Volvo XC40 will be based on the CMA aka. The Compact Modular Architecture platform that is being built by Volvo and their partners at Geely. The CMA platform is said to feature advanced technologies in multitude of areas, which include connectivity, electrification and autonomous driving, to name a few. Furthermore, refined driving dynamics, which is usually seen as a premium feature will be offered as a base component.
After looking at the spy shots, we can safely say that this new model closely resembles the 40.1 concept which in turn takes inspiration from the XC60. If it looks like Volvo is playing it safe and banking on the resounding reception to the new XC60, you aren’t wrong. The 2019 Volvo XC40 seems like the mini-me version the XC60, whose new model that just premiered at the Geneva Auto Show is nothing short of a stunner whose sales aren’t looking to slow down any time soon. So, in terms of design, the XC60 seems like just the right place to start.
2018 Volvo XC60 image credit: netcarshow
Engine and Powertrain
In terms of drivetrain, not much is known at this moment, so there are a lot of possibilities to consider. Our best bet is that the new XC40 will be powered by inline-3 engines that are already confirmed to bear the “T2” and “T3” badges. There should also be a D2, D3 and D5 diesel variants offered alongside the gasoline options, however, the US market is not likely to see any of those. If Volvo decides to offer something more powerful under the XC40’s hood it will most certainly be the “T5” labeled Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain that is comprised of the internal combustion engine and electric drive system.
The 2019 Volvo XC40 is expected to go on sale in 2018, as a 2019 model, after Volvo is done introducing the redesigned models of the 60 series, but nothing is official yet. The pricing is also yet to be confirmed, but considering that the XC40 will be entering the compact SUV segment which includes the likes of Audi Q3, BMW X1, Cadillac XT4 and Mercedes GLA, it will probably start at around the same amount as its rivals but lower than the current XC60. Therefore, you can expect the XC40 to go from $30.000 upwards.