Volvo 40.1 Concept

Small cars are the in thing right now. It has become the order
of the day for one automaker to produce a new hatchback, while
another is debuting a sedan, while yet another is showcasing a
hot wagon or a compact crossover. These small cars compose the
biggest portion of many automakers sales. The trend is similar
even with luxury giants like Mercedes, Audi and BMW. In fact,
even these automakers are concentrating more on the small cars.
Not to be left out on the cold, Volvo launched their V40
hatchback and the V40 Cross Country, models that have had a
rough going against the German luxury haulers. Not one to give
up, Volvo is at it again, this time Volvo has released 
two concepts dubbed, the Volvo 40.1 Concept which previews a
compact crossover which could be dubbed the XC40 when it hits
the market and Volvo 40.2 which previews a small sedan which
will probably adopt the S40 nametag.

The two concepts are based on the new Compact Modular
Architecture (CMA). This platform is specifically built to
support compact and small cars. Both vehicles feature the
automaker’s new design language which we have seen on the new
S90 sedan and XC90 SUV. This review will concentrate on the
Volvo 40.1 Concept; the 40.2 Concept is reviewed separately.

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Volvo 40.1 Concept Exterior

The Volvo 40.1 Concept is immediately recognizable as a
Volvo.  The model looks like a compact XC90. The crossover
comes with all Volvo trademarks including the signature Volvo
grille flanked by the unique “Thor’s hammer” headlights and
DRLs. On the sides, the crossover concept features the same
muscular wheel arches we are familiar with as well as larger
wheels.

The wheels are wrapped in Pirelli P Zero 255/45R20 tires. The
flanks also feature ultra-thin mirrors and unique “hammer-like”
door handles. At the rear, the vehicle also looks like a Volvo.
  It includes the all familiar C-shaped taillights
which stretch from the roof spoiler and almost touch the rear
bumper. The rear also features “VOLVO” lettering.

Though some features like the door handles and side mirrors
will be toned down for production purposes, the 40.1 Concept
looks almost ready for production. I won’t be surprised if the
model is released to the market earlier than anticipated.

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Volvo 40.1 Concept Interior

Volvo has not revealed the interior of the crossover. I suspect
the interior is not ready as at now and Volvo only wanted to
show the public their new compact crossover look. I also
believe the interior of the production model will borrow much
from the recent XC90. Going by the XC90, you can expect a
convenient and luxurious cabin with the latest safety and
connectivity technologies.

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Engine and performance

While the automaker has not confirmed the specific drive-trains
under the 40.1 Concept’s hood, we understand that the crossover
it previews will be offered in a number of drive-trains
including a hybrid and an E-V which will be released later
on.  The mills will include a 1.5 L, turbocharged
3-cylinder engine capable of around 200 horses. Another engine
will be a turbocharged 4-cylinder unit which will produce over
300 horses. Although a diesel engine will be offered elsewhere
in the world, such engines won’t be offered in North America.

In a bid to meet its ambitious target of selling 1 million
plug-ins by 2025, Volvo will offer a hybrid drive-train dubbed
the Twin Engine T5. The system will feature a turbocharged 1.5
L, inline –three engines which will combine with 74-hp electric
motor resulting in around 250 hp total output. The motor will
be backed by a 9.7 kWh lithium-ion battery which will be
mounted longitudinally in the central tunnel to save trunk
space. A second rear-mounted electric motor will be optional
for those looking for the all-wheel drive. This combination
will be paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
transmission system.

Price, release date and competition

Being a concept, the automaker did not announce the model’s
price or release date. However, rumor has it that the model
will be released sometimes in 2017 as 2018 model vehicle.

When it comes out, we expect the model to be priced cheaper
than its rivals in a bid to sell more units of the model. Its
rivals will include the
Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3
and BMW X1.
The fully electric version of the crossover will make its debut
a year later in 2018 as a 2019 model vehicle.