Our first peak at the XC40 came when the Concept 40.1 was revealed. We loved the aggressive looks, which seem to translate well into production. However, they got rid of the large C-pillar and the retractable door handles, so it's not going to rock the socks off this segment.
Another small problem we have with the production car is that its taillights look just like those of the bigger XC90, while the concept had bold L-shaped units. I think Volvo is really missing something by making yet another small SUV that tries to look rugged.
The old V50 was one of the most popular cars in Norther Europe, and that was when Saab was still around. But now they don't want to have anything to do with wagons.
The car is underpinned by what Volvo calls the CMA, which is short for Compact Modular Architecture. Developed in partnership with Chinese sister brand Geely, it will also underpin the beautiful Lynk & Co. 01 crossover.
Of course, everybody knows about all the 1.5-liter 3-cylinder magic and the green cars Volvo has planned. But if I had one of these in my driveway, it would have to come with a sweet 2-liter engine. I remember driving the V40 CC back a couple of years, and its 2.5-liter was a peach that will be missed.
From what we know, Volvo hopes to show the XC40 by the end of the year. However, production is unlikely to start until 2018. Rivals will include the Audi Q3, BMW X1, Infiniti QX30 and the GLA from Mercedes.