Volvo is on a roll as after the XC90 and XC60, it seems the smaller XC40 will also be quite stylish inside and out.
[UPDATE] The surprisingly revealing teaser clip has been taken down, but the cat is out of the bag as we still have the screenshots.
Well, this was unexpected. The teaser video published just yesterday by Volvo on its international Facebook page has an extended version that has already been uploaded by the company’s Hungarian division on the same media channel. It pretty much reveals the whole car (in the sporty R-Design trim) and comes to show the first-ever XC40 won’t stray away too far from the 40.1 concept. Actually, it looks almost the same as the showcar before it, especially since the two have an identical paint finish with a predominately white body contrasted by the black roof and pillars.
The changes it has gone through from concept to production model are the ones you’d come to expect. For example, gone are the front door handles that sat flush with the body on the 40.1 as the road-going XC40 will have conventional handles. It’s the same story with the showcar’s upper-mounted “hidden” rear door handles as these have been replaced by a regular setup.
Volvo also took out the side cameras and replaced them with ordinary mirrors featuring caps finished in black to match the roof. As for the front and the rear fascias, there’s not much to say as the two are almost carbon copies of those fitted onto the concept, with very few subtle changes to the grille and the graphics of both headlights and taillights.
Things get more interesting on the inside where the vertical air vents on the center console resemble those of the S90/V90 models rather than the wider ones of the XC40’s bigger brothers, the XC60 and XC90. Also noticeable is the fully digital instrument cluster, wireless charging pad, and glossy black surfaces that will obviously be a fingerprint magnet.
Heralding the company’s CMA platform, the XC40 will debut next Thursday, September 21 in Italy at the Volvo Studio in Milan. From what we know so far, the range-topping T5 version shown here will use a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.5-liter gasoline engine teamed up with an electric motor and likely a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The posh crossover will have just about the same safety tech as the two more expensive SUVs, together with an industry-first air-ventilated, dashboard-mounted subwoofer.
Eventually, Volvo will downsize furthermore by introducing an XC20, but it will likely take several years.