The Swedish automaker with Chinese parentage is one of the most dynamic premium brands these days, on its way to change generations for most of its models.
After the XC90’s second generation was introduced and became a success – after all it’s the North American Truck of the Year – it was all uphill for Volvo. The Swedes have been appreciated for their stylish take on the S90 and V90 full size sedan and wagon. Now they are trying to catch our attention with the new 40.1 and 40.2 concepts that arrive using the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. These preview the developments of the 40 series and most likely will serve as the official preview for the new generation S40 and all-new XC40 compact crossover. They use the current design language – “Thor’s Hammer” daylight running lights or the wide-mouth grille with Volvo’s Iron Mark emblem.
The 40.1 concept is a crossover, adding increased ground clearance, black fender cladding, and darkened pillars and a black roof. The rear is matched with a sloped window and L-shaped taillights. The 40.2 is lower and sleeker, akin to a sedan, and its C-shaped taillights run the same design pattern as the one seen in the new S90. The 40.2 also has some crossover inspired features, such as massive alloys, black cladding around the fender in a rather direct lineage with the S60 Cross Country. Smaller than the SPA, the new CMA platform will be first presented inside the 40 series and also come with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, namely the T5 Twin Engine. It will consist of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a three-cylinder gasoline engine, matched by electric motors. “CMA has helped us to capture something special, something youthful in our new concept cars,” comments Volvo Car Group senior vice president of design Thomas Ingelath.