Volvo is planning to launch the V40 Cross Country in India on the 14th of June. Volvo displayed the V40 at last year’s Geneva Motor Show and the model is on sale in Europe along with other global markets after its debut last year. The V40 was launched as a replacement for the company’s most affordable saloon, S40. The Swedish automaker has shared the date of the V40’s introduction in the Indian market.
Volvo is focusing on young Indian buyers with its class apart futuristic designed crossover. The black rocker sills on running boards, higher ground clearance (40 mm over standard V40), large tyres, sporty roof rails and the half black finish boot with the terrific shaped tail lights will be enough to lure customers. The V40 Cross Country will be the most affordable car from Volvo’s product lineup in India. In global markets, the V40 Cross Country is brilliantly lined up with several power options to choose from.
The base diesel variant, D2 is powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine producing 115 BHP of power and 270 Nm of torque, while the top-end D4 variant heaves out 177 BHP of power with a torque output of 400 Nm. The petrol motors range start from the T4 variant, powered by a 4-cylinder, 184 BHP motor and goes to the AWD T5 variant, generating a breathtaking 254 BHP of power from the 5-cylinder turbocharged mill that is capable of blowing the performance freaks from rest to 100 km/hr in just 6.4 seconds.
The Volvo V40 is expected to be offered with the 1.6-litre D3 engine and the T4 petrol monster. Unfortunately, neither features the AWD system. Volvo vehicles are world known for their most advanced safety features and the V40 Cross Country is not behind in this league. The company offers world’s first Pedestrian Airbag Technology, Ready Alert Brakes, Active Bending dual xenon headlights that we see on premium luxury saloons.
Volvo manufactures the V40 Cross country in Belgium, which will be imported as a CBU in India. This might make it lean a bit on the expensive side. The V40 Cross Country will be tough competition for its German rivals including the BMW X1, Audi Q3 and soon to be launched Mercedes A-Class. The company has only 10 dealerships across the country and the growing scenerio of Indian automarket persuades Volvo to carry on developing its dealership network extensively.