Subcompact crossover category is growing pretty fast and so as the choice of the various models from the segment. However, some pretty prominent automotive names have no such a vehicle to offer at the moment. One of them is Volvo. The Swedish car manufacturer is currently working on the compact XC40 crossover, yet they announced the arrival of a smaller XC20 SUV, which should be able to compete with the biggest names such as Audi’s amazing Q2, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, Buick Encore, and Toyota C-HR.
The entry-level crossover should be ready late next year, so we are expecting to see the all-new 2019 Volvo XC20. However, since the car manufacturer hasn’t started any testing, we can’t say how it will look the future starter. As far as we think, they might build something based on the 40.1 Concept, yet with a bit funkier styling cues. They also claim that the production of such a vehicle isn’t a problem at all because the Compact Modular Architecture that currently underpins the XC40 can be additionally shrunken for XC20’s needs. We don’t have any closer information on how long or wide might be the tiny SUV, yet we expect a similar footprint to Audi’s 2. Why? Well, simply because Volvo considers this crossover as the class-leading, so they want to build at least as good high-riding vehicle as German’s high-end small SUV.
It isn’t too had to guess what’s going to be under the hood of the 2019 Volvo XC20. The future subcompact will likely use a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine capable of pumping out up to 150 horsepower. Of course, since the manufacturer plans to make as many hybrids as possible in the next couple of year, the XC20 will definitely get at least one plug-in hybrid powertrain.
According to our insiders, the all-new XC20 won’t be the only new subcompact from Sweden, because Volvo plans to build the small S20 and V20 models as well.