The Volvo XC40 is a compact crossover SUV manufactured and marketed by Volvo Cars since November 2017. A concept car called Concept 40.1 was unveiled in 2016, the production XC40 was revealed on 21 September 2017. Volvo began taking orders for the luxury compact SUV in Europe and North America in September 2017.
The original XC40 was a concept car that was originally designed by Thomas Ingenlath. This prototype in engineering was a historic event in Volvo car history as it was the first five door compact SUV released by Volvo.
Ingenlath’s 40.1 concept car was the overarching inspiration for the 40 series models. The new concept vehicle represented a shift in thinking for Volvo’s approach to vehicles. By focusing on compact crossover models, this concept vehicle illustrates the potential for the Volvo XC40 and potential other compact vehicles.
The change in design championed the development of luxury compact SUV’s and sedans within the Volvo range. With innovative practices like using the compact modular architecture platform, Volvo ensured that their latest additions have been specifically tailored to smaller vehicles. The compact modular architecture platform allows for aesthetics of the exterior and interior to be altered while maintaining a sense of quality amongst all variants of cars. This process started with the XC40 and the XC90 and will continue to be used across select Volvo models
The XC40 is the first Volvo to utilise the new CMA platform, to be shared by future compact Volvos and Chinese built Geely and Lynk & Co models and is celebrated for it’s take on the luxury compact suv.
The optimization of space within the interior of the car is regarded as a pivotal feature of the XC40 due to its increase in boot space.
The XC40 will be powered through the front wheels and AWD by Volvo’s new 1.5 litre three cylinder and existing 2.0 litre four cylinder engines, both diesel and petrol variants. There will also be a petrol powered plug in hybrid called T5 Twin Engine, using a 180PS petrol version of the new engine, supported by a 74PS electric motor.
With advancements in technology, aspects like the Intellisafe feature have been installed within the Volvo XC40. This technology is designed with the intention of preventing run-off road accidents. By using the car’s advanced sensory system, the technology can detect potentially fatal scenarios such as run off-road protection.
Safety belts are also capable of being automatically adjusted throughout these moments of impact while energy absorbing seat frames and seats are in place to prevent spine injuries. This technology was created based on real life data, and various crash test track methods such as: ditch, airborne and rough terrains