2018 Volvo XC40 Goes Hybrid, Fully Restyled

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Volvo is looking to the future; the long term plans for Volvo are to have 80% of their sales as either full electric or hybrid vehicles, we also know that by 2020, they plan to have no fatal accidents involving their cars (fatal for the occupants). That will be a hard task, but given Volvo’s safety record, there’s a good chance that they will be able to pull that off.

Volvo have recently released some details of the next generation of vehicles, the S40 and the XC40, while still only concepts, it seems that they will be putting them in to production (presumably, after the bigger 2018 Volvo XC60), and by all accounts, relatively unchanged from the concept designs – this is great news, because they do look rather special!

2018 Volvo XC40 Release date

Given that we’re still at concept stage, there is very little chance that we’ll see the 2018 Volvo XC40 before the early part of 2018, that’s when Volvo are saying to expect it, but we would normally expect to see a vehicle a little earlier, however, we don’t think that will happen here.

2018 Volvo XC40 release date: early 2018

2018 Volvo XC40 Price

Absolutely no information has been released by Volvo regarding the pricing structure, and further … little speculation either. Given the market that Volvo are aiming for, we don’t think it will be big bucks, perhaps starting between $25,000 to $28,000.

2018 Volvo XC40 Video

2018 Volvo XC40 Redesign and changes

We’re fairly sure that there are going to be at least two powertrain options on release, although speculation surrounds a third; first up (in the base model) will be a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbo charged motor producing 200 BHP, there will also be a hybrid using that same engine coupled to an electric motor, this should produce in the region of 300 BHP and there is a possibility of a third – a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder gas engine.

Volvo have also said that a full electric vehicle with a 200 mile range could be produced, but that would happen later in the production cycle, certainly not available for the first release date.

2018 Volvo XC40 Equipment

Volvo have decided to take a rather unusual route of keeping the grille consistent between all models, but changing the headlight styling for each model. On the inside, expect to see a good amount of tech fitted, even as standard – we’ve been told that the base model will have such technology as autonomous driving fitted, which you’d only normally find in vehicles in the next one or two price brackets upwards.

2018 Volvo XC40 Images

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The new compact crossover from Volvo promises to be elegant, fuel efficient and safe - which leads to a possible popularity

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