Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson told AutoCar that this compact crossover will debut before 2019, after the rest of the existing Volvo range has been updated. The XC40 will be part of the 40 series of compact cars, including a new S40 sedan and V40 hatchback that slot in below the midsize 60 series (S60 sedan, V60 wagon, XC60 crossover) and the full-size 90 series (S90 sedan, V90 wagon, XC90 crossover).
A Volvo V40 hatchback is currently sold in Europe, so the XC40 would essentially be a crossover version of the replacement for this compact hatchback that debuted in 2012 and gained a Cross Country variant in 2013 (pictured). Each of these redesigned 40 series cars will ride on the smaller of two new Volvo platforms called CMA; Volvo’s larger SPA scalable platform will be for the 60 and 90 series cars.
This new XC40 will give Volvo a competitor to cars like the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, both of which are set to be redesigned within the next few years. It’s a sure bet at this point that the Volvo XC40 will be powered by the company’s Drive-E engine family, possibly one of the new 1.5-liter three-cylinder powertrains that are said to offer even greater efficiency than the current four-cylinder Drive-E engines. A plug-in hybrid drivetrain might be a possibility as well.
We reported last fall that Volvo may also share this compact-car platform with its parent company Geely. Expect to see Geely-badged versions of the S40, V40, and XC40 models for the Chinese market, though it’s unlikely that we’ll see Geely models in the U.S.
Stay tuned to hear more about the upcoming Volvo XC40 as the company embarks on its ambitious product offensive over the next few years.