Volvo XC40 | Debut postponed

For the development of the announced compact crossover, Volvo plays the card of the referral. What emerges at this time are the rumors on the Web related to the gestation of the XC40 which in recent months has caught the attention of the media for spy photos released by the network and towards the end of 2012 momentarily set aside for design requirements as we indicated last November. The latest rumors revealed by the international press indicate that the program of development of the Volvo XC40 although desired by the leaders of the Swedish brand which in 2010 was sold by Ford to Chinese Geely, is projected in the medium term. In a nutshell they speak about a timeframe within 5 years. The reason for this delay is of a technical nature. Waiting for the cross country compact XC40, it lacks the basis on which to set up the model which is a suitable platform smaller than the SPA which Volvo will debut towards the end of 2014. That is when the heir to the XC90 will be ready.

Volvo XC40 side

Volvo XC40 side

Volvo XC40 front

Volvo XC40 front

Volvo XC40 rear

Volvo XC40 rear

From these considerations it is clear that at least in the short term, the smallest Volvo model to be set up on the platform SPA will be the next generation S60. But the program XC40 will not be deleted. Some items close to the leadership Volvo who have been referred to as a compact crossover XC40 as It fits well with the philosophy of the brand and sales volumes. Figures among the models that Volvo has sold the most in recent times there have XC90 and XC60 but with the gradual trend towards downsizing very clear on notebooks of the priorities of car makers, the absence from the lists of the House of a compact cross country as might be the XC40 is a gap to fill.

Volvo XC40 seats

Volvo XC40 seats

Volvo XC40 dashboard

Volvo XC40 dashboard

For Volvo it is necessary therefore to set the development of a new ad hoc platform or enter into a partnership agreement with another manufacturer. The latter, a possibility that is leaner and simple.

Volvo XC40 engine

Volvo XC40 engine

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