XC40 is still fresh. But it doesn’t mean Volvo is not going to refresh this subcompact crossover SUV. Well, cosmetically, it will be the same. Changes under the bonnet will add another option. All-electric 2020 Volvo XC40 is hitting the roads next season. This info is confirmed, but further details are yet to be unveiled. All in all, the Swede company will set some challenges on the luxury crossover market.
Besides the electric version, the 2020 Volvo XC40 will stick up to T4 and T5 drivetrains. The latest one might be too powerful for the subcompact class. But, drivers didn’t argue about that. Small updates in the cabin and on the infotainment system will be major novelties. However, the EV is going to need a special platform, since batteries will be under seats. Without too much space for improvisation, it will be interesting to see how Volvo is going to solve this.
2020 Volvo XC40 EV Range and Production Start
This crossover is not the first all-electric model Volvo produced. Not too much time ago, the company brought Polestar 2 with a fully electric drivetrain. Polestar is Volvo’s sub-brand and this car belongs to the fastback category. The same platform might be used for the 2020 Volvo XC40. The company didn’t unveil too many details about the upcoming EV. However, the crossover could be in production late this year. Polestar 2 will enter the market next season.
According to rumors, the XC40 EV is going to start the evolution of other models by the Swedish carmaker. In the next 5-6 years, we will see more and more electric vehicles with a Volvo badge on them. If the 2020 Volvo XC40 gets the same batteries as Polestar 2, we can expect the range of at least 200 miles. Top of the line models could go up to 300 miles since the fastback already offers 275-miles variant.
T4 and T5 Engines
Besides the all-electric version, the 2020 Volvo XC40 engine lineup will come with two petrol units. So, the squad is unchanged, and the base setup includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged mill that is capable to produce 187 hp and 220 pound-feet of torque. The new powertrain also called a T4 engine, delivers power to front wheels only. A power router is an eight-speed automatic, and it features the start/stop system.
The other solution is a T5. This system also uses a 2.0-liter engine, but the output goes up to 250 hp and 260 lb-ft. Well, most other subcompact luxury SUVs are turbocharged, but they can’t reach such output. The XC40 maintains a good fuel economy. With an AWD configuration, the crossover returns 23/32 mpg. The same transmission is pairing this engine.
2020 Volvo XC40 Features and Options
With the price starting at $35,000 for a subcompact model, this crossover must bring something special. Of course, the vehicle is getting all well-known Volvo’s characteristics – reliability, elegance, comfort, and a high dose of luxury. Three trim levels are available for both T4 and T5 setups. So, if you don’t like Momentum, choose R-Design or top of the line Inscription model.
Leather upholstery is standard across the entire 2020 Volvo XC40 lineup. It would be a great surprise if the EV doesn’t get it as well. We would rather bet that this version is about to get some more premium leather. Memory seats, power liftgate with hands-free functions, and 12-inch dashboard screen are some of the notable features for the XC40. LED lights and 18-inch wheels are eye-catching features we will see outside the crossover.
The safety of the subcompact model is at a superb level. Well, these kinds of vehicles can’t achieve the greatest marks for this category. But, it is always nice when the company puts an extra effort and installs some advanced features to keep you safe. Lane keeps assist and automatic brakes are there, as well as the recognition system for traffic signs next to the road. Part of the infotainment system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Two USB ports and Bluetooth are standard connectivity options.
2020 Volvo XC40 Release Date, Price
The new 2020 Volvo XC40 will arrive when the EV is ready. According to announcements, the production will start late this year and the debut will happen either in the last quarter of 2019. However, sales will start in 2020. B that time, we should find out more about the price of the electric model. Standard vehicles will keep their cost. The starting price is $35,000 for the base models with the T4 engine, and T5 configuration adds $2,000. R-Design is a mid-range package that will increase the cost by $2,500. Fully loaded, it reaches $45,000. The most expensive model is Inscription with the base price over $40,000. Premium offer with all additional packages and options will exceed $55,000.