Will inherit safety technologies from its bigger brothers, the XC60 and XC90.
Volvo’s smallest crossover, the new XC40, is not going to skip out on the safety tech available in the larger models as the compact CUV will get a plethora of passive and active systems that originally appeared in the bigger SPA-based models. This will be the first model to ride on the company’s newly developed CMA platform and will feature everything from a 360-degree camera to a semi-autonomous driving system known in Volvo’s vocabulary as “Pilot Assist.”
Developed specifically for city use, the first-ever XC40 will live up to the Volvo badge by focusing on safety with technologies like Cross Traffic Alert with support for automatic braking. The fact that the new crossover is being teased in a video that actually features a white XC60 goes to show the new kid on the block will take after its larger stablemate when it comes to safety. It goes without saying some of the systems are going to cost extra, but it’s a good thing these will be available for those willing to fork out the money.
The latest video follows last week’s teaser announcing Volvo’s plans to put an end to in-car clutter thanks to a bounty of storage spaces and door pockets big enough to hold a laptop and a tablet. Going back in time, the first teaser released in the second half of July talked about the endless customization possibilities that will be offered.
Volvo isn’t ready to tell us just yet when it will fully reveal the XC40, but we do know the wraps will come off sometime this fall. It won’t happen at the Frankfurt Motor Show since the Geely-owned company won’t be there. Why? Because it’s only going to Detroit, Geneva, and the alternating Shanghai / Beijing while also organizing its own reveal events.
Gallery: 2018 Volvo XC40 Safety and Tech Teasers
Volvo Cars’ new XC40 delivers a confidence-inspiring SUV designed for city living
Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, will bring a new standard of safety and user experience to the small SUV premium segment with the launch of the new Volvo XC40 this autumn.
Developed around the challenges of modern city life, the XC40 aims to make the daily urban commute less stressful and more enjoyable, as drivers in the segment can now rely on the award-winning safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from Volvo’s acclaimed new 90- and 60 Series cars.
“The XC40 is our first car in this rapidly growing segment and has a clear focus on navigating today’s hectic city environments. Building on Volvo’s heritage as the leader in safety, the new XC40 will offer the best possible safety standards combined with an easy-to-use interface and convenient connected services,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive.
The new XC40 is Volvo’s first car out on its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) and includes a range of ground-breaking technologies first introduced in 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 the 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 semi-autonomous 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 small premium SUVs.
“Modern city life presents complex challenges for drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. With the XC40, we aim to reduce the so-called cognitive load on the driver. While our safety and driver assistance systems actively identify and mitigate potential conflicts, you as a driver can relax more and therefore enjoy city driving,” said Malin Ekholm, Vice President Volvo Cars Safety Centre.
While the starting point for each new Volvo is the most advanced safety and driver assistance systems, the new XC40 also benefits from the high levels of safety and infotainment found in its larger stablemates.
“We built a confident, easy-to-use and convenient everyday user experience based on real-life interaction and research, starting from our foundation of leading safety. The XC40 is a car for a generation of consumers that expect full connectivity. All screens have been optimised for a safe, easy and efficient interaction, to support active city driving,” said Ödgärd Andersson, Vice President Vehicle Software & Electronics at Volvo Cars.
“Like the larger XC60 and XC90 SUVs, the XC40 features Volvo’s connected Sensus infotainment system, centred around the now familiar large, portrait-oriented touchscreen. Easy to use and intuitive, the Sensus interface allows drivers to access a host of functions and services,” concluded Ödgärd Andersson.