The Swedish automaker has seemingly confirmed, according to the rumor mill, its all-new XC40 will arrive as the make’s smallest crossover model, thus quenching rumors of an even smaller SUV to be in the works.
Volvo recently hinted at an even smaller series – the 20 – that might appear after the 40 is complete with new generation models – and of course everyone went on a limb saying it will also have its own XC20 derivative. That won’t happen, apparently, as the brand has reportedly confirmed the XC40 will forever be the smallest entry in the SUV segment. Apparently Volvo is also intent on stirring up the compact premium segment, apparently “lacking in individuality and playfulness” at the moment. The XC40 will arrive as the company’s first-ever model using the newly developed Compact Modular Architecture, as every model above – including the new XC60 – has been based on the SPA platform.
The XC40 will address a younger audience – with customization options, high level of exterior and interior colour combinations. “We wanted the XC40 to be a fresh, creative and distinctive member of the Volvo line-up, allowing its drivers to put their personality in their driveway,” comments Volvo design boss Thomas Ingenlath. “XC40 drivers are interested in fashion, design and popular culture and often live in large, vibrant cities. They want a car that reflects their personality. The XC40 is that car.” Volvo also revealed the XC40 will be sold in Momentum, R-Design and Inscription trim levels – all of them highly-specked from the get go.