Thursday, September 21, 2017

All new Volvo XC40

I think this looks really good!

Actually much more original than the XC60 or the old fashion XC90.
I just hope that you can order a different finish inside. That "metal look" is a bit cheasy and cheap looking on these pix. (The mat finish wood on their other models looks so good, this is quite a step down...)

As far as engines, we only get a few bits of news.
Europe is still getting diesels. As well as a "T5 Drive-E" 4 cylinder. I guess that's a plug-in hybrid version. Later a pure Electric will be added.

Also available at launch are 3 versions of the 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder engine.
T3 with 156HP.
T4 with 190HP
T5 with 247HP

In the US, the 247HP AWD T5 will be available first for $35 200.
Later, the FWD T4 will be priced at $33 200.

A base Audi Q3 is $32 900. A base BMW X1 is $33 750. A bases Mercedes GLA is $33 400.
So the Volvo is about the same price than the most expensive brands.
Which, I think, is too much.
they just don't carry the same image as the big luxury German brands.
The XC40 should start at a bit under $30 000.

But, that's just me...

They also mention this is the first Volvo to use their new 3 cylinder engine.
I guess that's for later?

And, unlike the 90 series, this will still be built in Europe. In Belgium.
(We'll see how long that lasts....)


Anonymous said...

I think one of the more interesting aspects is the Care by Volvo program where you pay the flat fee for the car, insurance, and maintenance costs. I think that will make this more popular with the 'millennials' they are so desperate to market to.

Anonymous said...

Um....the jewels of the day
A bases Mercedes GLA
Volvo is about the same price THAN the most expensive brands.

Anonymous said...

Volvo should be able to pull off that pricing compared to BMW and Audi only if they include a lot of safety and tech not included in the other more premium brands. If not, and they try to add thousands to the price for options such as the panoramic sunroof and Pilot Assist, then they will probably not sell many.

Anonymous said...

If it were only fully electric at that price

Harry_Wild said...

Rear quarter panel looks like the GMC Terrain with the side window angled up!