VOLVO XC40

DIG­I­TAL VIEW­ING OF THE NEW VOLVO XC40

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Another first for Volvo

The ar­rival of the newly-in­tro­duced Volvo XC40 means that for the first time in its his­tory, Volvo Cars has three SUVs in what is the fastest-grow­ing seg­ment of the au­to­mo­tive mar­ket.

THE NEW XC40 IS THE FIRST MODEL CON­STRUCTED ON VOLVO CARS’ NEW COM­PACT MOD­U­LAR VE­HI­CLE AR­CHI­TEC­TURE (CMA), WHICH WILL, AC­CORD­ING TO THE BRAND, UN­DER­PIN ALL OTHER FU­TURE CARS IN THE 40 CLUS­TER – IN­CLUD­ING FULLY ELEC­TRI­FIED VE­HI­CLES. CODEVELOPED WITHIN GEELY, CMA PRO­VIDES THE COM­PANY WITH THE NEC­ES­SARY ECONOMIES OF SCALE TO PRO­DUCE A SEG­MENT COM­PETI­TOR SUCH AS THE XC40 SUC­CESS­FULLY.

THE TECH

Re­gard­ing tech­nol­ogy, the XC40 brings the award-win­ning safety, con­nec­tiv­ity, and in­fo­tain­ment tech­nolo­gies we’re fa­mil­iar with from the new 90- and 60-clus­ter cars to the com­pact SUV seg­ment.

Th­ese tech­nolo­gies bring high lev­els of stan­dard spec to the com­pact pre­mium SUV mar­ket. Safety and driver as­sis­tance fea­tures on the XC40 in­clude Volvo Cars’ Pi­lot As­sist semi-au­ton­o­mous as­sis­tance sys­tem, City Safety, Run-off-Road pro­tec­tion and mit­i­ga­tion, Cross Traf­fic Alert with brake sup­port, and the 360° cam­era that helps driv­ers ma­noeu­vre their car into tight park­ing spa­ces.

THE PRAC­TI­CAL­ITY

The XC40 also of­fers a rad­i­cally new ap­proach to stor­age in­side the car. In­ge­nious in­te­rior de­sign pro­vides XC40 driv­ers with, among other things, more func­tional stor­age space in the doors and un­der the seats, a spe­cial holder for smart­phones with in­duc­tive charg­ing ca­pa­bil­ity, a fold-out hook for small bags, and a removable waste bin in the tun­nel con­sole.

THE POWER

From the start of pro­duc­tion, the XC40 will be avail­able with D4 diesel or T5 petrol four-cylin­der Drive-E pow­er­trains. Fur­ther pow­er­train op­tions, in­clud­ing a hy­brid and pure-elec­tric ver­sion, will be added at a later stage. The new XC40 will also be­come the first Volvo model to be avail­able with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylin­der en­gine.

THE PERK

With the in­tro­duc­tion of this new small SUV, Volvo also hopes to rein­vent the tra­di­tional model of car own­er­ship with its new Care by Volvo sub­scrip­tion ser­vice. Care by Volvo, first avail­able on the XC40, is mak­ing hav­ing a car as trans­par­ent, and has­sle-free as hav­ing a mo­bile phone.

A monthly flat-fee sub­scrip­tion means de­posits, price ne­go­ti­a­tions and lo­cal price dif­fer­ences be­long in the past, and de­pend­ing on re­gional avail­abil­ity, Care by Volvo will also in­clude ac­cess to a range of dig­i­tal concierge ser­vices such as fu­elling, clean­ing, ser­vice pick-up and e-com­merce de­liv­ery to the car.

A new car shar­ing fea­ture which is also part of Care by Volvo as stan­dard will al­low new Care by Volvo XC40 driv­ers to share their car with friends and fam­ily with new dig­i­tal key tech­nol­ogy.

LAST WORD

In South Africa, the Care by Volvo busi­ness model, Volvo on Call and re­lated ser­vices are un­der scru­tiny for in­tro­duc­tion in South Africa. Pro­duc­tion of the new Volvo XC40 be­gins in Volvo Cars’ pro­duc­tion plant in Ghent, Bel­gium, in Novem­ber 2017.

Although lo­cal in­tro­duc­tion is pro­vi­sion­ally sched­uled for the sec­ond quar­ter of 2018, look out for our driv­ing re­port on the new XC40 in the Jan­uary 2018 edi­tion of Driven. We will be tak­ing to the Por­tuguese coun­try­side dur­ing the car’s in­ter­na­tional test drive in Lis­bon to­wards the end of Novem­ber 2017.

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