2018 Volvo XC40 Review, Specs and Price – Now that Volvo released both the XC90 and the 60 they will finally be able to focus on the development of the smaller XC40. Even though the car’s release date is still months away, it has been spied once again wearing the same plastic camouflage as before. However, this time around the roof of the 2018 Volvo XC40 has been kept uncovered, so we do have a pretty good idea about its final shape. On top of that, the plastic covers still had the same cutouts as before, but more on that a bit later.
2018 Volvo XC40 Future
The car is going to be based on Volvo’s modular compact car architecture. This will be used not only by the crossover but also by a sedan, a hatchback and a few other companies too. This new platform uses a fully independent suspension setup, and it comes with a lot of engines options as the front part is mostly the same as that of a larger platform. Thanks to that the XC 40 should have no problems at becoming one of the more refined and powerful cars in its class.
2018 Volvo XC40 Interior
the concept featured two large LCD screens and a really minimalist overall design. The production 2018 Volvo XC40 will get a slightly less impressive interior but still with plenty of flairs. Back in 2015, they showcased an autonomous concept which had a fully digital instrument cluster and a smaller than usual infotainment screen. So far this hasn’t been seen on a production model despite the fact it looked ready to be made. The Volvo XC40 2018 might just use a similar layout which would make sense, especially since the concept was rather small. The car will feature five seats and it should provide plenty of space inside the trunk. In terms of features, the XC40 will likely come with an assortment of safety equipment as standard. It should also get at least a basic screen for the infotainment system, likely leather upholstery and also great materials throughout.
2018 Volvo XC40 Exterior
The concept of the car was rather impressive and we are glad to say the 2018 Volvo XC40 won’t be all that different. Like we said, the car has been spied testing and it seems to be quite close to the car Volvo showcased last year. The stubby and rather long front end, the massive headlights with Thor’s hammer logo and even the grille seem to be identical to the original concept. The production car also seems to boost the swept back roof and the blacked out C-pillars which would create a sporty-looking crossover. The rear also seems to get L-shaped tail lights, a roof spoiler, and a hidden exhaust. The latter might morph into something a bit more spectacular closer to its release date.
2018 Volvo XC40 Engine
The base 2018 Volvo XC40 is expected to receive a 1.5-liter turbo-three. This should offer anything between 130 to 180 horsepower and up to 200 lb-ft of torque. A 1.5-liter diesel is also a real possibility. This will likely offer slightly more power than its gas counterparts while being considerably more efficient. At this point, it seems the range-topping model will come with a 1.5 liter hybrid with over 200 horsepower. Even though Volvo didn’t confirm it, it was quite clear the car spied so far was a hybrid as it had an electric plug cutout on the left front fender.This entire setup should be capable of offering a combined output of close to around 230 horsepower. A 2-liter turbocharged petrol engine with north of 200 horsepower is also a possibility on a future Polestar model. A manual and front-wheel drive will likely come as standard in Europe. An automatic and all-wheel drive should be offered as optional extras.
2018 Volvo XC40 Release Date and Price
Not that long ago the car has been spied testing in the Arctic wearing heavy camouflage. Unfortunately, through the large plastic plates, there is not much to be seen. Luckily, though, like with their higher end models, it is safe to assume the production XC40 will have quite a bit in common with the original concept.The car will likely be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show but sales are actually expected to start at the end of the year. Its price is still unknown. We do know that it will have to compete with the Mercedes GLA or the BMW X1 which means it will start north of $30,000. This is still quite a bit of money but Volvo proved us they can make a great car