Volvo Car Australia announced the pricing for its XC40 compact luxury SUV ahead of the official Australian launch in April.

The arrival of the XC40 means that for the first time in its history, Volvo Cars has three new, globally available SUVs in what is the fastest growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth in terms of sales and profitability.

The launch of XC40 marks two historic firsts for Volvo. It is the first ever Volvo to be built on the Swedish brand’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). It is also the first model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.

Nick Connor, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia, said: “SUVs continue to be very popular with Australian car buyers, and the compact SUV segment is also growing rapidly. In such a competitive market you need to stand out from the crowd.” We are confident that with its very distinctive look and competitive pricing the XC40 will make an immediate impact with buyers who are looking for something very different from the cookie-cutter models in the compact luxury SUV segment today.”

“The XC40 exterior has an athletic sculpture with a subtle, timeless quality. The interior is a masterful composition of well-resolved architecture, beautiful materials and the very latest technology. These technologies will make the XC40 one of the best equipped compact luxury SUV’s on the Australian market.”

“There is also lots of storage space in the doors, underneath the front seats, and in the cargo compartment.”

“XC40 is a proper SUV and is the perfect car for an active Australian lifestyle. It perfectly complements our already award-winning SUV line-up.”

The XC40 is Volvo’s first car on its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) and includes a range of ground-breaking technologies first introduced on its 90 and 60 Series siblings based on Volvo’s larger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA).

Volvo’s approach to safety and user experience builds on a philosophy it calls Circle of Life: a constant improvement of standards and technologies, based on consumer insights and real life data.

Safety and driver assistance features offered on the XC40 include Volvo’s semiautonomous Pilot Assist system, the latest generation of City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert with auto brake and the 360° Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces. These and other technologies make the XC40 one of the best equipped compact luxury SUVs. Whilst the XC40 is more compact that its XC90 and XC60 siblings, at 1863mm wide and 1652mm tall it is still larger than most of its competitors in the segment.

XC40 arrives onto the Australian shores, having recently been awarded European Car of the Year 2018.

Performance

At launch the XC40 comes with two powertrains. The petrol-powered T5 delivers 185 kW and 350Nm of torque. The diesel driven D4 offers 140kW and 400Nm of torque.

All Volvo XC40 variants have the latest Drive-E engine technology.

However, it is not just under the hood that the XC40 delivers healthy performance. The new Clean Zone two-zone climate system removes harmful pollutants and particles from outside the cabin to deliver Scandinavian-fresh air on the inside.

Volvo Cars’ driver infotainment system (Sensus) with smartphone integration for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is also available.

The Volvo XC40 will be available in two variants - Momentum and the sporty and dynamic R-Design.

Volvo Cars, the premium car manufacturer, has further expands its line-up of SUVs with the launch of its new XC40 small premium SUV in Milan, Italy.

The arrival of the XC40 means that for the first time in its history, Volvo Cars has three new, globally available SUVs in what is the fastest growing segment of the automotive market, paving the way for further growth in terms of sales and profitability.

The new XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series including fully electrified vehicles. Co-developed within Geely, CMA provides the company with the necessary economies of scale for this segment.

“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up. So it only feels natural to reveal the XC40 here in Milan, a buzzing European hotspot for fashion, art, design and lifestyle.”

In terms of technology, the XC40 brings the award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from the new 90 and 60 Series cars to the small SUV segment. Like its larger siblings, the XC40 highlights the transformational effect of these new, in-house developed technologies on brand and profitability.

These technologies make the XC40 one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs on the market. Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360°Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.

The XC40 also offers a radically new approach to storage inside the car. Ingenious interior design provides XC40 drivers with, among other things, more functional storage space in the doors and under the seats, a special space for phones including inductive charging, a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.

“Volvo has a strong leadership in design. The new XC40 is no exception, even by our already high standards,” said Kevin McCann, Managing Director of Volvo Car Australia. “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. Drivers want a car that reflects their personality, and the XC40 is that car”.

“The exterior has an athletic sculpture, while the interior of the XC40 is multifaceted and ingenious, making it yet another example of our human-centric approach. The XC40 is a perfect car for an active Australian lifestyle, and perfectly represents our ongoing transformation plan”.

From start of production, the XC40 will be available with a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.

Production of the new XC40 starts in Volvo Cars’ plant in Ghent, Belgium in November.