Firm's new small SUV and first car on fresh CMA platform will get big car tech, and could be revealed next month
Volvo has revealed some of the safety equipment and technology heading the way of its all-new Audi Q3 rival and first compact SUV – the XC40. AutoExpress reported.
Tech and safety kit will be lifted directly from the larger XC60 and XC90 cars, meaning Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist features will be available on the new C-segment SUV. The firm’s City Safety package will be fitted as meaning autonomous emergency braking comes on all cars regardless of trim level.
Elsewhere, lane keep assist tech such as Run-Off Road Mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert with automatic braking features, a 360-degree top down camera and a new generation forward collision warning system will be available.
In the cabin, tech from the bigger cars is carried over again. Volvo's nine-inch portrait infotainment system is found, while 12-inch digital dials are also on the options list. The XC40 won’t be available with a head-up display, however.
The XC40 will be the third and smallest member of Volvo’s fresh SUV line-up, and in a bid to make an impact Volvo promises it’ll be a ‘distinctive’ member of its SUV family.
One official image - posted on a Volvo fan Instagram page after it was reportedly published and removed by Volvo - has been darkened on one side in typical teaser fashion, and shows the side rear profile of the XC40 without any disguise. The sloping window line, angled tailgate and vertically stretched rear lights strongly echo the larger XC60, but we expect the front end to take on an even bolder design.
Volvo also says that the XC40 will offer a wide and ‘vibrant’ colour palette, with two-tone paint finishes available too. Similarly, the car’s interior will boast colourful options, such as a new ‘Lava Orange’ carpet colour, ‘Oxide Red’ leather upholstery, plus a new wide range of interior trim materials and finishes.
A teaser video previously released shows off Volvo's varied use of materials in the XC40, while spyshots also hint at the shape. With the rest of the exterior still under wraps, our exclusive image shows what we expect the small SUV to look like when the covers are pulled off.
The front end of the car – the headlights and grille in particular – are taken directly from the 40.1 and 40.2 concept cars revealed in May last year, previewing a whole new generation of small cars from Volvo. Alongside the XC40, we anticipate a new S40 saloon and V40 hatchback to appear in due time using this new design direction.
The XC40 – alongside the two other new small Volvos – will sit on an all-new platform called Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), designed specifically for small cars. In terms of powertrains, Volvo has confirmed Twin Engine plug-in hybrid technology is on the cards for the new 40 cars and we expect a new 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol power unit to form the standard option, alongside a four-cylinder diesel.
We don't expect the covers to come off at the Frankfurt Motor Show - Volvo tends to hold set-piece events of its own to launch new cars. It will debut this year though, and we could see the new car as soon as next month.