Compact SUV confirmed as the first model in an all-new Volvo 40-series family
Mark Tisshaw
9 February 2017

Volvo’s crucial new XC40 compact SUV will be launched this autumn, R&D boss Henrik Green has confirmed.

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Speaking to Autocar at the Detroit motor show, Green said the XC40 will be the first model to use Volvo’s CMA architecture and the base development work of the car has been completed.

“There’s a big chance it’ll be one of the most successful cars in our line-up,” he said.

The family of 40-series models, which is also set to be sold in the US, will represent “a significant part of growth in the next three to four years”, said Green.

The XC40, which will rival the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in the competitive and rapidly growing compact SUV segment, was previewed last year by the Concept 40.1, along with another potential 40-series model, the Concept 40.2 saloon.

A V40 replacement will also be spun off the CMA platform, which Volvo has co-developed with Geely, its Chinese parent firm. Geely plans to use it to underpin a range of models from its new Lynk&Co brand.

This year will also mark the launch of the second-generation XC60 SUV, which will replace Volvo’s bestselling model. Replacements for the S60 saloon and V60 estate will follow soon after, making the XC90 SUV the oldest model in Volvo’s range within a couple of years.

Green said: “The XC60 is our biggest-volume car that sells broadly in Europe, China and America. It brings significant profits so is crucial in many aspects. [The new model is] a fantastic car, a big step forward.”

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Volvo will then turn its attention to the launch of its first all-electric model in 2019.

“We believe strongly in electrification,” Green said. “We are working very hard on our first full EV. In 2019 it will be on the road. This is not a one-off. It will be followed up by more products. I see EVs as a significant part of our portfolio, a wide range.”

Despite the predicted rise in EVs and growing pressure on diesel, Green said Volvo is continuing to develop diesel engines.

“How long [diesel has left] is very difficult to say,” he said. “I believe electrification will start to come and there will still be a place for diesel next to it. Then you argue on the switch. Right now, we’re developing diesels. For how long is one of the questions to focus on.”

The XC40 will give Volvo a third SUV in its line-up, but Green isn’t ruling out more in the future. “To me, yes, three SUVs is a very good base,” he added. “It’s an interesting bodystyle.

“It’s interesting what you can do with SUVs. They started as off-roaders, then moved to the city. What they gave customers was good ingress and egress, a good overview of traffic and a feeling of being in command. These are all attributes we could give to customers in lots of different shapes and bodies, not necessarily traditional ones.”

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9 February 2017
I wonder if this model is replacing the V40 cross country. I test drove the current V40 and found it claustrophobic so perhaps making a SUV version will make it more spacious.

9 February 2017
Looks like the V40 is just gonna be left to a slow death with falling sales and a replacement not due till 2019 at the earliest.
It can't complete with the current Astra or Focus and struggles for want of an up to date interior and woeful choice of outdated engines which will look awful come 2018.
They've relied to much on one 4 pot 2.0 Diesel and are paying the price in the C segment. The bosses in China should have seen it coming and invested in cheaper smaller petrol alternatives for production now.

 

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9 February 2017
xxxx wrote:

Looks like the V40 is just gonna be left to a slow death with falling sales and a replacement not due till 2019 at the earliest.
It can't complete with the current Astra or Focus and struggles for want of an up to date interior and woeful choice of outdated engines which will look awful come 2018.
They've relied to much on one 4 pot 2.0 Diesel and are paying the price in the C segment. The bosses in China should have seen it coming and invested in cheaper smaller petrol alternatives for production now.

A former colleague works in quality control for Geely (Volvo and LTI) I saw the interior for the next V40 a few weeks ago, big step forward. They're not too concerned about pushing the current model as it's too costly and it's constrained by its current underpinnings.

10 February 2017
Marc wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Looks like the V40 is just gonna be left to a slow death with falling sales and a replacement not due till 2019 at the earliest.
It can't complete with the current Astra or Focus and struggles for want of an up to date interior and woeful choice of outdated engines which will look awful come 2018.
They've relied to much on one 4 pot 2.0 Diesel and are paying the price in the C segment. The bosses in China should have seen it coming and invested in cheaper smaller petrol alternatives for production now.

A former colleague works in quality control for Geely (Volvo and LTI) I saw the interior for the next V40 a few weeks ago, big step forward. They're not too concerned about pushing the current model as it's too costly and it's constrained by its current underpinnings.

..and engines and dated interior. Got that V40 interior ready early then, it's not due for another 2 and half years. What was the general look of the car like?

 

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10 February 2017
xxxx wrote:
Marc wrote:
xxxx wrote:

Looks like the V40 is just gonna be left to a slow death with falling sales and a replacement not due till 2019 at the earliest.
It can't complete with the current Astra or Focus and struggles for want of an up to date interior and woeful choice of outdated engines which will look awful come 2018.
They've relied to much on one 4 pot 2.0 Diesel and are paying the price in the C segment. The bosses in China should have seen it coming and invested in cheaper smaller petrol alternatives for production now.

A former colleague works in quality control for Geely (Volvo and LTI) I saw the interior for the next V40 a few weeks ago, big step forward. They're not too concerned about pushing the current model as it's too costly and it's constrained by its current underpinnings.

..and engines and dated interior. Got that V40 interior ready early then, it's not due for another 2 and half years. What was the general look of the car like?

Only saw pictures of the interior, design is fixed, they're now working on materials, finishes, colours. Car is far more advanced in its development than its release date suggests, much of the work is shared with other models, they all share the same modular platform, another two Geely models are being jointly developed along side it too, a saloon and small SUV. They just do not have the manpower to accelerate the process, blame JLR for that one, hoovered up a lot of engineering talent from across northern Europe.

10 February 2017
I honestly wonder what Trump is going to say to this line-up should he attend. After that very famous quote from him just a week ago about how Germans should start buying American cars, I don't think he'd be very pleased to know how well some of these European-built models are going to fare here haha! It'd be interesting to see how he intends to further stimulate the sector to make American made models more attractive though!

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