Volvo India Launches The New XC40

The mid-life makeover includes a tweaked design, a better features list and a petrol engine with mild-hybrid tech.

Are you looking for a compact SUV with a premium badge? Well, your options list just got longer as Volvo has launched the XC40 facelift in India. As before, it is available in just one variant but not the sporty T4 R-Design. The new one comes in ‘B4 Ultimate’ form, costing INR 43.20 lakh. Simple math reveals that is INR 1.30 lakh less than what the pre-facelift version demanded. That equation, however, will flip when Volvo shelves the introductory price and asks INR 45.90 lakh for the refreshed model.

As you would expect, the mid-life makeover incorporates a tweaked design. That comes from new bumpers, sharper headlamps and different 18-inch wheels. The new XC40 is available in five colours – Onyx Black, Fusion Red, Fjord Blue, Crystal White and Sage Green. Inside the cabin, you can have an all-black theme or a dual-tone finish in blonde and black. Both come with Driftwood décor. Riding at the centre of the dashboard is a 9.0-inch Google-powered touchscreen infotainment system accompanied by a crystal gear shifter.

Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine coupled with a mild-hybrid system. The powerplant pumps out 197hp/300Nm, all of which goes to the front wheels via the 8-speed automatic gearbox. With that configuration, Volvo claims a 0-100kmph sprint time of 7.6 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 180kmph.

The new Volvo XC40 is also handsomely equipped with features. The list includes two-zone automatic climate control, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, auto-dimming IRVM, adaptive cruise control, an air purification system and fog lamps with cornering function. Other features such as rain-sensing wipers, powered and gesture-controlled tailgate, Hill Descent Control, a Harman Kardon sound system, wireless mobile charging and a panoramic roof are part of the list as well.

The Volvo XC40 has always looked great. And with a tweaked package, the new one takes the desirability factor up a notch. In India, it competes with the Mini Countryman, Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA. Which one will you pick?

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