Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) has released a single teaser image on their social media channels, signalling the imminent launch of the much-hyped Volvo XC40 compact SUV. The company did not hint on an official launch date, but we can expect it to happen in the coming weeks.
Just to recap, the XC40 is based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform for compact models that are shared with other brands under the Geely Group such as Lynk & Co. Volvo’s most compact SUV yet can be dressed up in Momentum, R-Design or Inscription trims, each varying in body kit and wheel design. We had got a chance to get up close with the XC40 R-Design at the 2017 Singapore Motor Show.
The cabin design is very similar to its stablemates, receiving the same LCD instrument cluster, three-spoke multifunctional steering wheel, 9-inch Sensus infotainment system and leather upholstery. The centre console layout that does without the diamond cut start/stop knob and sliding covers. Carpeted footwells and lower door trims are unique to the XC40.
Malaysian-bound XC40s could receive the following engine options: T3 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo (154 hp/265 Nm) or 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbos in T4 (190 hp/300 Nm) or T5 (247 hp/350 Nm) guise. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board, but all-wheel-drive is reserved for the T4 and T5 variants.
Safety tech on the XC40 is equal to what you get on the 60- and 90- Series models which include 360-degree surround view camera, Park Assist Pilot, Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving, blind spot monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and others. Like all recent Volvo models, the XC40 gets a full 5-Stars Euro NCAP crash safety rating.
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Volvo XC40 R-Design in Singapore
Volvo XC40 Inscription
Volvo XC40 Momentum & R-Design