According to Chinese media, the Swedish automaker with local parentage will feature the introduction of the production version of the XC40 compact crossover at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show in April.
The XC40 – followed by the entire 40 series afterwards – will use the all-new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), a scalable architecture that also shares some of the parts with the bigger SPA chassis that underpins models such as XC90, S / V90. Among the shared components we can mention the infotainment system, HVAC, and some of the safety technologies. The Volvo 40.1 concept introduced last year is of course the best possible preview for the new production-ready XC40.
The overall shape will most likely be similar to the XC90, so we might get a case of smaller/bigger twins and while we do like the “Thor’s Hammer” daylight running lights and broad grille we also hope for some distinguishing features. We also might see the concept’s more angular lines translated into production, so the smaller crossover might get its own character traits. The Chinese sources mentions the introduction of the XC40 will be accompanied by the reveal of a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 1.5-liter three-cylinder, an electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – allegedly nicknamed T5 Twin Drive.
Via Car News China