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2018 Volvo XC40

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BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA get a new competitor from Sweden

Volvo has been busy revamping its entire lineup. It has recently introduced an all-new XC60, and all-new S90, and an all-new V90. The next model on the list is the XC40 compact SUV that will reside at the bottom of Volvo’s SUV lineup and provide an entry-level and affordable option for those that don’t need the extra space afforded by the larger XC60 and XC90. The XC40 has been on the cards for a while, with spy shots surfacing as early as 2015 and Volvo has finally unveiled its competitor for the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Volvo’s first ever premium compact SUV, the new XC40 is also the company’s first model to be built on the company’s all-new CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform. Inspired by the bigger XC90 inside and out, the mini SUV features much of the advanced connectivity, entertainment, and safety technology Volvo’s latest vehicles. It is also powered by Volvo’s efficient Drive-E engines and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive. All told, it is indeed a more affordable proposition for drivers who need the higher ride of an SUV, but can do without the large exterior dimensions. Let’s see what it brings to the table in the review below

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The Volvo XC40 Will Go All-Electric with a Range of 310 Miles!

The Volvo XC40 Will Go All-Electric with a Range of 310 Miles!

That’s (slightly) further than the Tesla Model X’s 295-mile range

The Volvo XC40 may be Volvo’s smallest SUV, but it’s making big waves in the news with reports that the model is going to receive an infusion of new powertrains that will include the automaker’s first three-cylinder engine, a plug-in hybrid, and an all-electric setup. The all-electric XC40 will reportedly get a range of around 310 miles and will be the second zero-emissions Volvo to hit the market, preceded only by a hatchback model that the Swedish automaker is developing from the 40.2 Concept that it introduced last year.

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Best New SUVs That Debuted in 2017

Best New SUVs That Debuted in 2017

A look back at a milestone year

2017 has been an amazing year for the automobile. Sales have increased across the board, high-performance models are quicker and faster than ever, off-roaders are more capable than before, and a slew of new models have hit the streets. That’s what we’re looking at here: the all-new vehicles the debuted in 2017. But more specifically, we’re looking at the crossovers and SUVs that made their initial splash into the fastest-growing segment in the industry.

Before we dive in, it’s worth noting that practically dozens of SUVs and crossovers were revamped in 2017. Models like the Jeep Wrangler JL, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-3, and plenty more were made new again. But these are familiar nameplates. This go-round, we’re focusing on completely new models.

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Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We're Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We’re Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Are you ready to ring in the new year with a car purchase or two?

With just a little over two months left before we say adieu to 2017, the wait for all 2018 model releases is hitting fever pitch. We can’t promise to make time move faster than it does, but what we can do is at least prepare everyone for what’s to come when the new year arrives. That said, let me be the first to say that 2018 is going to be a wild year for the auto industry, as old guards are retired, existing nameplates get their redesigns, and most importantly, all-new models are unleashed into the world.

Who knows, 2018 might even be the year when we take a big leap in electric and autonomous technology. A lot of things are at play when the new year rolls around so to keep the anticipation building, do check out this list of some of the hottest and most highly anticipated models to hit the streets next year. We can’t say that we like one of these models better over the other, but at least we’re giving you a good preview of what’s to come. Prepare those checkbooks, ladies and gentlemen, because some of these cars won’t come cheap.

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Visual Comparison: Volvo XC40 VS Jaguar E-Pace

Visual Comparison: Volvo XC40 VS Jaguar E-Pace

Which one will you choose?

Volvo has recently introduced their compact, premium SUV, the XC40, in Milan, Italy. It happens to be the third vehicle to join Volvo’s SUV lineup and has a lot of work to do in a crowded segment. The Compact SUV also happens to be Volvo’s first vehicle to be underpinned by their new modular vehicle architecture (CMA) platform. This platform will also support Volvo’s fully electric vehicles of the future as the brand continues to evolve. All told, the XC40 sits below the XC60 in the lineup and competes with some other recently unveiled smaller premium SUVs like the Jaguar E-Pace.

The E-Pace borrows some of its design formulas from the flagship F-Pace Crossover, much like the XC40 borrows some DNA from its larger brethren. Surprisingly, both of these SUV’s seem to have inherited all their technologies from the bigger SUV of their lineup. Both the Volvo XC40 and the Jaguar E-Pace will be available with a thirst for diesel or petrol at the time of launch (and, depending on the market) and can be optioned with four-wheel drive as well.

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Buying and Owning a Car Is Now Hassle-Free Thanks to Volvo

Buying and Owning a Car Is Now Hassle-Free Thanks to Volvo

As simple as having a mobile phone!

The brand-new Volvo XC40 broke cover yesterday and got me all excited. As I mentioned in the past, I’m not a big fan of SUVs. I’d rather have a wagon. I may have to do with my European ancestry, but I also need to point that I’ve never felt really comfortable behind the steering wheel of a crossover until now. Anyway, the XC40 is small enough for me to enjoy (I think), but I also dig its exterior, which is based on the XC90, but not as boxy as its bigger brother. But there’s another reason why the XC40 just skyrocketed at the top of my "cool vehicles" list – the new "Care by Volvo" program.

It includes a range of services and subscriptions that will make the ownership experience as hassle-free as having a mobile phone. In short, your purchase will come with a pre-negotiated monthly fee, the possibility of driving away in your new cars without having to worry about service fees and third-party insurance, as well as an array of digital concierge services. The only downside at this point is that "Care by Volvo" is only available in eight countries, but other markets will be included later on. So how does it work? Find out below.

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2018 Volvo XC40 Proves D-Pillars Are Getting Thicker

2018 Volvo XC40 Proves D-Pillars Are Getting Thicker

The design style that’s great at reducing rearward visibility

Volvo has just pulled the covers off its all-new, 2018 XC40 crossover, and boy, Volvo clearly knows how to design a compact crossover with style and class. But one design feature strikes my eye as oddly satisfying – the massively thick D-pillars. Positioned over the rear wheels, the wide sheet metal connects the roof to the body, but is far beefier (visually, at least) than it needs to be in order to maintain the roof’s structural integrity. Clearly, it’s a stylistic piece.

In my view, the thick D-pillar helps give visual weight to the XC40’s rear, helping offset the perceived weight under that long, flat hood. Admittedly, I’m liking the XC40’s rear pillar best when split between the white body and black roof. But that doesn’t discount what’s got to be a hampered rear view. It’s a great thing the XC40 comes standard with Blind Spot Monitoring or else lane changes would be a nightmare. Of course, Volvo isn’t the only automaker putting form over function with its pillar thickness. I’ve compiled a list of SUVs and crossovers that feature incredibly thick D-pillars.

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2018 Volvo XC40

2018 Volvo XC40

BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA get a new competitor from Sweden

Volvo has been busy revamping its entire lineup. It has recently introduced an all-new XC60, and all-new S90, and an all-new V90. The next model on the list is the XC40 compact SUV that will reside at the bottom of Volvo’s SUV lineup and provide an entry-level and affordable option for those that don’t need the extra space afforded by the larger XC60 and XC90. The XC40 has been on the cards for a while, with spy shots surfacing as early as 2015 and Volvo has finally unveiled its competitor for the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Volvo’s first ever premium compact SUV, the new XC40 is also the company’s first model to be built on the company’s all-new CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform. Inspired by the bigger XC90 inside and out, the mini SUV features much of the advanced connectivity, entertainment, and safety technology Volvo’s latest vehicles. It is also powered by Volvo’s efficient Drive-E engines and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive. All told, it is indeed a more affordable proposition for drivers who need the higher ride of an SUV, but can do without the large exterior dimensions. Let’s see what it brings to the table in the review below

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Side-Impact Crash Test Shows 2018 Volvo XC40 is a Winner

Side-Impact Crash Test Shows 2018 Volvo XC40 is a Winner

Volvo is already smashing its all-new XC40 for your safety

Volvo has a reputation to uphold – one based on keeping its passengers safe during a crash. To that point, the Swedish automaker has already published a video showing the all-new 2018 XC40 undergoing side-impact crash testing. Keep in mind this video is hitting the web the same day Volvo is debuting the luxury crossover in Milan, Italy. Needless to say, safety is taking a front seat.

The video depicts Volvo’s internally conducted crash testing. The automaker has done this for years to reassure its engineers and corporate brass that a vehicle will behave as expected when tested by independent agencies like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Not much would be worse than a botched crash test to damage Volvo’s legacy of crash survivability. Thankfully, it seems Volvo has nothing to worry about with side-impact testing; the video shows both dummies protected by side curtain airbags and adequately restrained by seat belts in this 50-kmh, 31-mph test. Intrusion into the cabin is minimal and even the glass shards are diverted away from the dummies’ faces thanks to the airbag. The driver has even more protection thanks to a torso airbag that inflates from the seat’s side bolster.

The new XC40 will see big production numbers as it’s a key player in Volvo’s plan to boost its global sales by nearly 50 percent to 800,000 by 2020. It joins the new XC60 and the two-year-old XC90 in Volvo’s SUV lineup, along with its S90 and S60 sedans and V90 Cross Country and V60 wagons. Here in the U.S., the 2018 XC40 will begin arriving in showrooms in March 2018 and ordering books are already open. Volvo has set a $33,200 starting price for its smallest crossover – not a bad deal considering the XC40’s swanky interior, long list of safety features, and its high-tech powertrains.

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2016 Volvo Concept 40

2016 Volvo Concept 40

Two new concepts preview the company’s next-generation compact cars

A successful manufacturer in the 1970s and especially in the 1980s, Volvo Cars has been struggling to keep up with more mainstream premium car makers for more than three decades. Sold by the Volvo Group to Ford in 1999, the automobile division continued to struggle under American ownership and was eventually bought by Geely in 2010. The Chinese automaker invested heavily in the Swedish brand and Volvo rolled out products such as the second-gen XC90 and the S90, two vehicles that seemingly have what it takes to take on the big boys of the premium market.

What’s more, Volvo began working on a new platform for smaller, compact cars, promising to develop new, exciting models. The first results of the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) was just unveiled to the world in the form of two concept cars wearing the same "Concept 40" name and, from the looks of it, Volvo will keep its promise and expand its lineup with new cars that are both good-looking and efficient.

“Each member of our product family has its own distinct character, just like the members of a real family. CMA has helped us to capture something special, something youthful in our new concept cars. They have an energy, a disruptive and engaging urban character that makes them stand out amongst the crowd. This is the flavor of small Volvos to come,” said Thomas Ingenlath, senior vice president of design at Volvo Car Group.

Dubbed Concept 40.1 and Concept 40.2, the new show cars are very likely to preview the third-generation S40, which will revive the nameplate after more than four years, and a brand-new crossover likely to be called the XC40. There is no word as to when the production cars will arrive, but until Volvo spills the beans, let’s have a closer look at what the new CMA platform has to offer.

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Volvo Reveals New Compact Modular Architecture

Volvo Reveals New Compact Modular Architecture

Volvo’s continued brand overhaul has taken another step with the automaker’s announcement of its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), a new platform that will underpin a range of compact cars that Volvo plans to launch in 2017. The new CMA platform will be similar to the company’s existing Scalable Platform Architecture, which already underpins some of the brand’s bigger models, including the XC90 and the S90 luxury sedan.

The announcement presents a clearer picture of Volvo’s plans as it begins reinventing itself as a bonafide luxury brand. Essentially, having two platforms will allow the company to streamline its production and create a more systematic way to manufacture its new models. Both platforms will still share engines and safety systems, but for the most part, each will be used exclusively depending on the size of the vehicle.

Specific details surrounding Volvo’s future car plans are still being withheld, but we already know that the next-generation V40 and the XC40 crossover will be a part of this transformation. Eventually, Volvo will replace every single model in its lineup in the next four years and double its annual sales volume to around 800,000 units. By comparison, Volvo sold 465,866 units in 2014.

The aforementioned XC90 SUV and the S90 sedan are the first two models that will usher in this new era for Volvo. Once the CMA platform is put to use, expect to see Volvo’s small car lineup to finally take shape.

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Volvo Considers New Small Car Family

Volvo Considers New Small Car Family

Since the 2015 Volvo V40 has been off to a pretty good sales start, Volvo seems to be in the mood to expand its lineup in the small-car segment, with the next generation of the V40 to become a larger family of models. Work on the future small Volvos has already started at the new China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) center that has been built in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The modular platform engineered by CEVT will be used for both Geely models and the V40 replacement, which will be accompanied by the 2020 Volvo XC40 compact crossover, and possibly by other models as well. According to Autocar, who had a look at the jobs currently availabale at CEVT, at least one hybrid powertrain will be found in the new architecture. Apparently, the models using the platform will be FWD or AWD, except the hybrid versions using an electrified rear axle, rendering them AWD-only.

On the Geely-side of the deal, it is not yet clear what kind of cars will use the new architecture, but the report says they will probably be aimed at European and Chinese markets. Either way, any new models based on the Volvo-Geely platform created at CEVT are at least two and a half years away, so the XC40 will probably be the first. Strangely enough, the CEO of CEVT is Mats Fagerhag, who was the lead engineer for the now-dead Phoenix platform, which was supposed to underpin a new Saab lineup before the Swedish company ran into trouble.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2013 Volvo XC40

Volvo is expanding its lineup this year with the addition of the new XC40, a new compact crossover built on the V40 architecture. This higher-riding V40 will be making its debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September, but a couple of months is still too long for us to wait, so we decided that a clear look at the upcoming Volvo XC40 was in order. Enter our rendering specialists.

We’ve already mentioned the fact that the "new" XC40 will be built on the V40 platform, but it seems as though everything will be borrowed from the V40, minus the higher ride and the features needed to prepare the XC40 for off-road use. Under the hood, the XC40 will continue borrowing from the V40. There will be a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol engine and a 2.0 liter engine with power ranging from 150 to 240 HP. Diesel fans will get a 155 HP engine. The top versions will be offered with an all-wheel-drive system.

The "brand new" XC40 is being built as a competitor to the Audi Q3 and the BMW X1. Of course, we’ll have to wait until the Paris Auto Show to determine whether it can actually be considered competition.

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