Volvo’s baby SUV will only be offered in the top-spec R-Design variant with a diesel engine for now
Volvo is all set to launch its entry-level premium SUV, the XC40, in India on 4 July 2018. Bookings for the compact SUV are already underway for a refundable amount of Rs 5 lakh. As reported before, the XC40 will be offered in the top-spec R-Design variant only.
If you are planning to buy the XC40, hurry up! Only 200 units of the SUV are available for pre-booking. This is because the Swedish carmaker has already received over 80,000 bookings for the SUV in other global markets. To meet this demand, Volvo has announced it will soon expand production at its facilities in Ghent, Belgium and Luqiao, China. So, the next batch of XC40s heading for the Indian market should be substantially bigger.
Powering the XC40 is a 2.0-litre diesel engine that makes 190PS of maximum power and 400Nm of peak torque. In fact, it is the same unit that powers the larger S90 sedan and XC90 SUV. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox and a front-biased AWD system.
The XC40 is amongst the most well-equipped cars in its class, especially in terms of safety. It offers Level 2 autonomous driving in the form of lane keep aid and the radar-based cruise control along with other safety features like the hill start and hill descent control, and park pilot assist.
Other features on offer include an all-digital instrument cluster, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, 8-way electrically adjustable front seats, dual zone climate control with rear AC vents and a panoramic sunroof. It also gets heated front and rear seats but misses out on more practical features like rain-sensing wipers and a 360-degree camera.
We have already driven the Volvo XC40. To know more about it, read our first drive review here.
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