Bearing in mind that Volvo introduced its subcompact SUV some two years ago, a mid-cycle update seems to be still far away, right? Well, the Swedish carmaker thinks otherwise, so the update 2020 Volvo XC40 has been introduced already, and it’s available in dealerships as we speak. Starting price of the luxury crossover in North America is $36,420, while potential buyers In Europe has to set aside around €32,280.
The entry-point 2020 XC40 comes paired with a familiar T3 engine. The gasoline option, however, adds a few ponies when compared to the predecessor, so instead of usual 156 hp, the 1.5-liter three-cylinder mill kicks out 163 horsepower. The engine comes coupled with a 6-speed manual ‘box as usual, though now, potential buyers can upgrade to an optional 8-speed automatic transmission. Since it delivers more power than earlier, the subcompact improved its 0-62 mph time as well. According to the automaker, from now on, the SUV paired with the three-cylinder engine and manual gearbox can do the sprint in 9.3 seconds. The company promises better fuel economy as well. Yes, the new model will reportedly achieve 31-34.6 mpg US.
The small SUV decided to keep the 2.0-liter T4 without any changes. Still, this model lowers its starting price for $1,760 thanks to a base FWD. The front-wheel-drive XC40 takes 8.4 seconds to accelerate from zero to 62 mph. This one is estimated to deliver 28-30.6 mpg US.
As we’ve announced earlier this year, the subcompact crossover will add an EV variant later. However, before the all-electric model hits showrooms, the company will introduce the 2020 Volvo XC40 PHEV. The plug-in hybrid model will feature a T5 Twin Engine petrol-electric plug-in hybrid without any doubt, but we don’t have all the details at the moment.
Exterior changes for the updated crossover are mostly limited to new colors. More precisely, the 2020 XC40 gets Thunder Grey, Pebble Grey, and Glacier Silver pains.
When it comes to standard features, the SUV offers a quite impressive list of kit: there is the unchanged 9-inch infotainment system, voice control, sat-nav, Volvo On Call, and dual-zone climate control, as well as LED headlights, rear parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The automaker enriched the list with the 12V power outlet in the boot, load protection net, a locking glovebox, and auto-folding side mirrors. On the other hand, optional Winter Plus pack will make the crossover significantly warmer thanks to heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, heated front seats, heated windscreen, heated washer nozzles, and headlight cleaning system.
The Swedish automaker upgraded safety kit with a new Blind Spot Information System that employs Steer Assist function.