The 2018 Volvo XC40 has been priced for the Australian market, giving the Scandinavian brand a compact premium SUV rival to the likes of BMW X1 and Jaguar’s new E-Pace.
Based on the brand’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) co-developed with parent Geely, the XC40 is 4425mm long, 1863mm wide and 1658mm in height. It features a massive touch screen infotainment system incorporating Android Auto and Apple CarPlay plus Volvo’s ‘Clean Zone’ dual-zone climate control system. Pilot Assist, Volvo’s semi-autonomous cruise control system is also available as an option.
Initially, two engine specs will be offered in Australia, T5 and D4. T5 utilises a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine with 185kW and 300Nm, while the D4 2.0-litre turbo-diesel generates 140kW and 400Nm, both combining Volvo’s fuel-saving Drive-E technology with eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive. It is presumed that when Volvo’s new 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo becomes available it should join the range down the track.
Volvo Australia’s Managing Director, Nick Connor says the XC40:
“will make an immediate impact with buyers who are looking for something very different from the cookie-cutter models in the compact luxury SUV segment today.
The XC40 exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology. These technologies will make the XC40 one of the best equipped compact luxury SUV’s on the Australian market.
There is also lots of storage space in the doors, underneath the front seats, and in the cargo compartment. XC40 is a proper SUV and is the perfect car for an active Australian lifestyle. It perfectly complements our already award-winning SUV line-up.”
The XC40 T5 and D4 will come in Momentum and R-Design versions to begin with.
Pricing, before on-road costs, is as follows:
2018 Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum – $47,990
2018 Volvo XC40 D4 Momentum – $50,990
2018 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design – $54,990
2018 Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design – $57,990
2018 Volvo XC40 T5 Momentum Launch Edition – $47,990
2018 Volvo XC40 D4 Momentum Launch Edition – $50,990
2018 Volvo XC40 T5 R-Design Launch Edition – $54,990
2018 Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design Launch Edition – $57,990