Fans of the Swedish brand already know that the XC40 does not have a predecessor, as this segment has yet to be tapped by the company. A compact crossover existed in the Volvo range, in the form of the V40 Cross Country, but it was discontinued last year.
The XC40 is a different species when compared to the smallest Cross Country. These two models may be in the same class when size is concerned, but the XC40 was made to be an SUV from day one, while the other is a crossover based on the company’s hatchback.
The all-new platform is a joint development between Volvo and its Chinese owners at Geely, which has already launched a spin-off brand named Lynk & Co. The latter will also get cars that will employ the Compact Modular Architecture.
The automaker from Gothenburg will build this model in Belgium, while its Chinese owner will manufacture its equivalents on its domestic facilities.
Just like Volkswagen’s MQB, some parts that are obscured from view may be exchanged between the CMA-equipped cars, but the cars that will result from this collaboration will not be identical when you look at them.
Things may be different on the interior, as HVAC controls, a few knobs, and switched might be shared between them. This type of part sharing is not expected to affect the quality expectations of the premium SUV from Sweden.
Volvo’s upcoming compact crossover will become the rival of the Infiniti QX30, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, and BMW X1. Its production is expected to commence in 2018, and showrooms should receive the first units by the spring of next year.