Caught: Volvo XC40 Crossover Out in the Wild

We recently caught the upcoming Volvo XC40 out testing in Europe. The camouflaged crossover joins the Swedish automaker’s XC60 and XC90 in the lineup, but will likely only be sold in Europe and possibly China.

We don't expect the Volvo XC40 will make it to the U.S., as it's based on the not-for-U.S. V40 hatchback. The XC40 features an elevated ride height over the V40 thanks to a raised suspension similar to the Subaru-Impreza based XV Crosstrek.


Volvo showed the V40 ahead of the Geneva auto show in February. The four-door hatchback will be powered by a range of diesel and gasoline engines, which will likely be carried over to the XC40. A turbocharged 254-hp 2.5-liter I-5 engine sits at the top of the range.

Continuing Volvo’s focus on safety innovations, the XC40 will adopt the V40’s pedestrian airbag, which protects a pedestrian from hitting the vehicle’s hard points under the hood and along the base of the windshield as well as A-pillars in an auto-pedestrian collision. Though we don't anticipate the XC40 arriving on our shores, the continued success of the XC60 model might influence Volvo to change its mind.

Should Volvo bring over the XC40 to compete with small luxury crossover wagons like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1? Share your thoughts below!

I think the next generation '40 series will be sold in the USA. The current 40s won't be, because Volvo feels it can't make money on them if they're made in Europe. The next gen 40s will be made in China, and sold in the US. And for those of you worried about Chinese quality questions, the first production models of Volvos from  the Chengdu factory were unexpectedly whisk away to Sweden, where Volvo engineers took them apart, and decided the Chinese factories were doing a great job. And don't worry, all the Volvo staples, wagons and SUVs from the 60 and 90 series will still be made on Europe.

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