September 25, 2017 By C! Magazine Staff

Volvo’s XC40 aims to be the safest compact SUV

Setting a new benchmark for design, technology and safety in the compact SUV market

It looks like the Volvo XC40 will be among the safest, well-equipped compact SUVs available, with award winning technology from the 90 and 60 series cars trickling down as standard features in the XC40, including safety innovations rarely offered among competitors. The XC40 is the smallest SUV offered by Volvo, and the third in their lineup, featuring a new expression of Scandinavian design.

“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.”

With up to 17 combinations of color for the body and contrast roof, the XC40 offers a variety of flavors, showing off it’s new and bold exterior. Present are Volvo’s signature Thor’s hammer daytime running lights and a new grille. Bigger wheels and wheel arches add to the SUV stance, complemented by a higher ride height.

On the inside, the XC40 shows a clever use of space and interior materials, with an available panoramic sunroof allows natural light into the cabin and at night, and integrated LED mood lighting that can be color adjusted to match the mood or temperature the driver desires. This lighting, combined with unique metal and textile materials, creates a feeling of creativity, energy and youthfulness. With ample interior space for passengers and storage, smart daily-use features such as large door pockets, integrated bag hooks and a customizable cargo area help organize the driver’s life while in the car. Wireless QI mobile phone charging and Bluetooth connectivity with the standard 9” Sensus Connect touchscreen helps reduce the clutter of charging cables and connectors. A dedicated cell phone storage space frees up cup holders and other areas commonly used by customers to store their phone. The development of a unique air-ventilated woofer located behind the dashboard allows for more storage in the door panels without sacrificing stereo sound in the cabin.

A Volvo wouldn’t be complete without a full suite of safety features, and with standard City Safety, which includes pedestrian, cyclist, vehicle and large animal detection with emergency auto brake, the XC40 is one of the best-equipped small premium SUVs on the market. Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include pilot Assist, run-off road protection and mitigation, cross traffic alert with brake support, and the 360° Camera that helps drivers maneuver their car into tight parking spaces.

The new XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series including fully electrified vehicles. From start of production, the XC40 will be available with a T5 four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain with all-wheel drive. Further powertrain options, including a hybridized as well as a pure electric version, will be added later.

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