The competition of efficiency in small crossover is certainly going to get tougher as 2018 Volvo XC40 Hybrid is bringing improvements. As this hybrid variant is targeted to excel in fuel efficiency, Volvo will certainly not miss out the brawny and powerful nature.
Moreover, the traditional (or signature) design will be retained with some refinements. So let’s take a further look into the possibilities.
2018 Volvo XC40 Hybrid Exterior Styling
2018 Volvo XC40 Hybrid is getting subtle refinements on the exterior body. The headlights will have a dynamic design with sharp lines and the grille is to be reworked with chrome trims. Like the existing concept XC40 Hybrid, the 2018 year model will incorporate the charging port in the front wheel arch and LED illumination will be added.
As the overall dimensions will remain unchanged, the measurements might stay at:
- Length – 4450 mm
- Height – 156 mm
- Width – 1988 mm
- Wheelbase – 2942 mm
Changes are definite in the interior cabin as well. The center display is intuitive and driver-centric with a simple UI. As part of Sensus, the navigation system will come improved as well.
Likewise, the center console and dashboard are getting wood trims while AC vents, gear shift knobs and audio controls are getting chrome highlights.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2018 Volvo XC40 Hybrid will use a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol and diesel engine with 60 kW (80 HP) electric motor which will power the rear wheels. The combined outputs figures (engine + motor) are expected to be more than 250 HP and 242 lb-ft torque.
With all electric drive, this new XC40 Hybrid might be able to cover up a range of more than 18 km (11 miles) with the use of a 9.2 kWh battery pack. This lithium-ion battery also has its own coolant circuit and gets re-energized by the motor/generator. There are 3 drive modes viz. pure, hybrid and power with which drivers can switch between different performance flavors.
This hybrid powertrain will even help in achieving 60 grams of CO2 emissions/km. As to fuel economy, the figures are expected to stay around 37 mpg in city, 35 mpg on highways and 39 mpg combined. This 2018 XC40 Hybrid might even take less than 5.3 seconds to complete the 0 to 60 mph sprint.
2018 Volvo XC40 Hybrid – Safety
Every Volvo vehicles are infested with industry-leading safety technology that’s all a part of the company’s IntelliSafe. Some of the standard safety features include:
- Roll-over Protection System
- Automatic Brakes with Hill Start Assist and Automatic Hold
- Lane Keeping Aid
- Pilot Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Energy-absorbing Interior
- WHIPS™ Whiplash Injury Protection System
- Roll Stability Control
- Driver Alert Control
Price and Release Date
With several changes on board, the pricing for 2018 Volvo XC40 Hybrid will probably start from $32,650. Expect, this new XC40 Hybrid to come around the 1th quarters of 2018.