The Volvo XC40 will be launched in India soon and the company is all set to bring in its smallest and the most affordable XC model in the Swedish carmaker's line-up here. The XC40 will take the CBU route to India but expect prices to be competitive like all of the Volvo models. The company will launch the XC40 in India on July 4, 2018 and the price of the SUV will be revealed then. Volvo Auto India has also announced that pre-bookings for the XC40 have begun in all of Volvo's dealerships in India and the bookings are accepted for a token of ₹ 5 lakh. The company is also confident that it will sell the first 200 units of the car before its launch in July.
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The XC40 sits below the recently introduced new-gen Volvo XC60 in the company's model line-up and will share a host of styling cues and features with its older sibling. However, it's based on a completely different platform than its elder cousins. Unlike the XC90 and XC60 which are based on Volvo's Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, the all-new Volvo XC40 is built on the company's Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, which the company shares with its Chinese parent company Geely.
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Though not on the same platform, the XC40 will borrow a host of features from both the XC60 and the XC90. Some of the features on offer and which will be standard are panoramic sunroof, 9-inch infotainment system and the Harman Kardon music system. There's also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on offer. There's hill start assist and descent control as well. It comes with a 5-seater cabin layout which has been designed in line with the current Volvo models.
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Under the hood, is a 2-litre, 4 cylinder unit good enough for 187 bhp, while the torque developed by the car is 400 Nm. The Haldex AWD system is also part of standard equipment. There's an 8-speed automatic transmission that powers all the four wheels. Once launched the Volvo XC40 will go up against the likes of the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.