Volvo unveils XC40 crossover

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Volvo has revealed its rival for the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, the XC40 premium crossover targeting significant volume growth in one of Europe’s largest segments.

Volvo XC40

Volvo XC40

Available to order, with first deliveries due early next year, the XC40 is based on the brand’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which will underpin the replacement for the V40 line-up, and potentially also an S40 saloon, which was previewed as a concept car last year.

At launch, it will be offered with three petrol engines, producing between 156hp and 247hp, and two diesel engines at 150hp and 190hp, and all except the entry-level units are fitted with all-wheel drive and an automatic transmission.

The XC40 will be the first to get Volvo’s three-cylinder engines, including one used in the forthcoming T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, and a fully electric version will also be available.

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