New Volvo XC40 SUV will offer bold color and trim choices
Update: You can now read our first review of the 2019 Volvo XC40
Promising we’ll actually see its all-new XC40 model “shortly,” Volvo has dropped a few additional hints about its upcoming premium compact SUV. Expected to share a number of key cues with the 40.1 Concept pictured here, the new XC40 will be aimed at a younger, hipper city-dwelling buyer set interested in “fashion, design and popular culture.” As such, it will be available with a wider and more vibrant selection of colors and trims than are available on any other current Volvo, along with even greater personalization possibilities.
“We took inspiration for the XC40’s color and materials from many different sources, mixing them and putting them back together into something cohesive. What we created is a car with a tough attitude that feels fresh, energetic and confident,” said Ebba Maria Thunberg, Vice President Color & Materials at Volvo Cars.
Stepping up in style
In keeping with that philosophy, Volvo promises the new XC40 will feature strong monochrome as well as bold two-tone exterior treatments. Equally adventurous will be the X40's interior motifs that will include elements like Oxide Red upholstery, a warm Lava Orange carpet plus felt-based carpet/headliner/door insert materials, along with a selection of distinctive trim bits inspired by urban architecture and cartography. Thunberg notes the Momentum trim will be the most fashion-oriented member of the XC40 family with the boldest color choices, while R-Design and Inscription variants will reflect a more dynamic and premium character.
As we’ve reported previously, the new XC40 will be based around Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) that also will underpin several other future Volvo, Geely and Lynk & Co vehicles, including the next-gen Volvo V40 wagon. Expected to launch here as a 2019 model, the XC40 will offer both conventional and plug-in hybrid drivetrains including a T5 Twin-Engine variant that matches a turbocharged 1.5-liter/3-cylinder Drive-E engine with an electric motor coupled with a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Look for the new XC40 to come in both front-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations and be capable of accepting various levels of autonomous operating capability.
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