Volvo has been on a roll in recent times thanks partially to its new design language superbly implemented in the second-gen XC90 and the more recent S90 & V90 duo. The Geely-owned marque has plans to expand its lineup by adding the first-ever XC40, a compact crossover that hopefully will be a looker just like its bigger brother.
Already spied as a chassis testing mule, the U.S.-bound XC40 is being digitally imagined in our speculative render pretty much as a downsized XC90. It’s too soon to say whether that will actually be the case, but nevertheless it’s still interesting to see how the XC90’s styling can be adapted to the XC40's smaller body.
What we do know for sure is the XC40 will ride on Volvo’s newly developed Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). Some of the components are going to be derived from the SPA architecture used on larger models (XC90, S90, V90) and power will come exclusively from four-cylinder engines. Volvo is also working on three-cylinder units that are set to be offered on compact cars, including the XC40.
All of the CMA-based models are going to be assembled in Belgium at Volvo’s Ghent factory, but Geely could also make some of these at home in China. The first CMA product will be launched next year and the range is set to include the V40, S40, and XC40. In addition, a long-wheelbase V40 is being considered and there could also be a C40 coupe to fill in the gap left by the C30's demise.
It’s unclear at this point when the XC40 will be introduced, but most likely we won’t see it sooner than the second half of 2018 since the compact crossover will be launched after the next-gen V40 and S40.