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Volvo XC40 unveiled

Volvo’s first compact SUV set to launch

The new-generation of Volvo cars is set to welcome this all-new offering – the Volvo XC40.

The Chinese-owned Swedish car company unveiled their first ever compact SUV overnight and intend to take the fight up to their German rivals in the category.

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The new Volvo XC40 is described as an “Urban SUV”.

Designed primarily for the city, the XC40 will be offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and with manual and automatic gearboxes.

The new model will launch overseas with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, at this stage there’s no confirmation of the powertrains that will be available here.

All the initial engines will be 2.0 litre four-cylinder units.

Volvo telling us other powertrains will be offered later in the XC40’s lifecycle, expect a plug-in hybrid and possibly fully-electric version in the future.

A large 9” touchscreen will feature as standard, along with a 12.3” digital driver info display, LED headlights, 18” alloy wheels, and dual-zone climate control.

The new SUV offering also boasts Volvo On Call smartphone app and emergency assistance package as standard, as well as the City Safety automatic emergency braking.

“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 of Volvo Cars.

“It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up.”

We will bring you updated Australian availability, pricing and specification details when that info comes to hand.

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Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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