The 2016 Volvo XC40 is a compact crossover that falls in line just below the XC60 and the XC90 of the automaker. According to the Volvo Car Corporation, this is a vehicle that is a top priority and is only the second automobile to be built on their new CMA platform. This is the new platform that found itself revealed during the most recent Paris Auto Show as the company’s Vice President announced that it was being developed as a collaborative effort with the Chinese company, Geely.
2016 Volvo XC40 Engine Specs
According to wide ranging rumors that are swarming about the automotive industry, the power for the new crossover may be provided in variants of both diesel and gasoline. More than likely, the gasoline option would come in the form of a 1.6 liter engine. The diesel variant very well may be that of a five cylinder 2.0 liter turbo charged engine, which can be currently found under the hood of other Volvo models. This is a unit that has been able to deliver upwards of 147 horsepower and features direct fuel injection. According to speculation, this unit would be smartly mated with an automatic six speed transmission and coupled with four wheel drive. In regards to the four cylinder 1.6 liter gasoline engine, is will deliver 180 horsepower and be mated with either an automatic six speed gearbox or a manual five speed transmission.
2016 Volvo XC40 Exterior and Interior
The exterior of the new compact crossover vehicle will closely resemble that of its label mate the V40, although the new 2016 Volvo XC40 will present more aggressive in regards to its stature. The 2016 Volvo XC40 will take on a number of style aspect that are inclusive of the following: side skirts, body moldings and roof rails. There will also be a signature radiator grille with chrome surround that will be additionally engraved with the company’s iconic badge. Its leek headlight cluster with find itself equipped with high intensity bi-xenon lights along with a pair of fog lights. The body will be outfitted with an aluminum protective cladding as the roof will receive a glossy black finish that will be garnished by silver ski racks. It will sit atop either 18 inch or 17 inch alloy wheels that may be covered in terrain capable tubeless radial tires. As far as the interior is concerned, consumers will find that the seating arrangement has been improved as space has been added.
It is widely expected for the cabin to host a new digital instrument cluster that will feature an active TFT display, and the following features: speed dependent power steering, a cruise control system, parking assist and more. As far as safety, it is predicted by industry insiders that the new 2016 Volvo XC40 will receive a blind spot information system equipped with cross traffic assist as well as a laser assisted braking system.
2016 Volvo XC40 Release Date and Price
The 2016 Volvo XC40 is widely speculated to be released into the automotive market during the final quarter of this year. As far as the base pricing for the vehicle, that has yet to be released by the Swedish automaker. Many contend that the pricing will be expressly competitive given that it will enter the market against the Range Rover Evoque, the Audi Q2 and the BMW X1.