Volvo has taken the covers off the new XC40 small premium SUV today in Milan, Italy.

The Volvo XC40 is a new addition to the Volvo range, and will arrive in Ireland in January 2018.

From launch it will be available with the 2.0-litre ‘D4’ diesel engine with an automatic gearbox and all wheel drive, with pricing to start from €47,450.  More engine options will follow in May 2018.

“The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive. “It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up. So it only feels natural to reveal the XC40 here in Milan, a buzzing European hotspot for fashion, art, design and lifestyle.”

The new car will debut the new Care by Volvo monthly flat free subscription service. Depending on the region, Care by Volvo will include access to a range of digital concierge services such as fuelling, cleaning, service pick-up and e-commerce delivery to the car. Care by Volvo will be available in Ireland towards the end of 2018.

XC40 drivers will also be the first Volvo customers who can share their car with friends and family via Volvo on Call with a new digital key technology. Car sharing comes as standard for Care by Volvo customers. The digital key will be available in Ireland in Q2 of 2018.

The new XC40 is the first model on Volvo Cars’ new modular vehicle architecture (CMA), which will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series, including fully electrified vehicles.

Volvo XC40
The Volvo XC40 is an all-new small SUV for the brand

In terms of technology, the XC40 brings the safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies known from the new XC90, S90/V90 and XC60 to the small SUV segment.

Safety and driver assistance features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360° Camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.

Volvo is starting production of the XC40 with the D4 diesel and a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E powertrain. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.

Caroline Kidd