Volvo South Africa has announced that Swedish car maker’s new premium compact SUV, the Volvo XC40, will be launched in South Africa in April 2018.
The new SUV come with a choice of two trim levels (R-Design and Momentum), two engines (D4 diesel or T5 petrol), and all-wheel drive on all models.
The line-up will be increased later in 2018 with inscription derivatives and more engine options, which will include a D3 diesel and T3 and T4 petrols. Font-wheel drive derivatives will also be introduced at this stage.
Although the specific derivatives and respective pricing has not been announced yet, Volvo South Africa says that the XC40 range, including all engine and trim derivatives, will retail “from under R500 000 to around the mid-R600 000 mark”.
The Swedish brand says that its competitive pricing of the XC40 “will be taking a a strong fight to its more established (and traditional) rivals.” The newcomer will be pitted against the likes of BMW’s X1, the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi’s Q2 SUV.
Unsurprisingly the Volvo XC40 will come with class-leading safety features, some of which the brand claims will be segment firsts that it hopes will make its product even more appealing. The XC40 will also allow Volvo customers to express a more individualism than previously with choices such as the optional contrasting black or white roof, white mirror caps and wheels, Oxide Red leather and ‘Lava’ carpets.