The all new Volvo XC40 model will offer a plug-in hybrid option, although not in all markets, but the XC40 adds a distinction its bigger siblings can’t offer: it will also come in a fully electric version.Image result for volvo xc40 images

Volvo made an announcement that it would build only “electrified” models within a couple of years and this was reported as committing the company to all electric cars. But for a small maker, Volvo is clearly a big proponent of plug-in hybrids across its vehicles.

The architecture it uses to underpin its larger 90-series lineups and mid-size 60-series hasn’t been designed for all-electric operation, it has said it the past.

But the XC40 sits on a second new architecture, one it will share with future vehicles to be launched by its Chinese owner Geely. That Compact Modular Architecture has been designed to accommodate battery-electric powertrains from the outset.

Production of Volvo XC40 models with conventional powertrains will start in November 2018 in Belgium. Powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid, and possibly a 3-cylinder engine as well as the all-electric version with an expected range of around 200 miles, will come later.

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The XC40 design is intended to resemble a “tough little robot,” Volvo designers said. They kept the design blocky and added strong graphics, against the lighter, more elegant design of the XC90 and now the XC60.

The interior of the small SUV focuses on connectivity, with a 9.0-inch touchscreen, and practical storage. It has bins not only in the doors but also under the seats, and a specific smartphone pad with inductive charging. One bonus touch: a removable trash bin in the center console.Image result for volvo xc40 images

Volvo will offer semi-autonomous drive hardware on the XC40, along with features like forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, and surround-view cameras, that are becoming increasingly standard across the industry.

Release dates in Ireland to be announced.


Source. green car reports