The 2018 Volvo XC40 was still spied on. This time, spy photographers managed to nab pictures not only from the outside of the car, but also from its interior. The latter prototype, spotted in southern Europe, seems to carry the same level of camouflage as the vehicle spied in Sweden in February. Although without the snow, it is easier to see some details of the car.
The first Volvo XC40 has already been hoped for several times, but now we can actually have a good understanding of the inside thanks to a few closed shots showing the entire cab of the compact crossover. The dashboard hosts an all-digital instrument cluster as well as the portrait-oriented touch screen of the infotainment system seen on its bigger brothers, the XC60 and the XC90. The shiny black frame appears to be a fingerprint and a dust nightmare while the screen appears to have the same diagonal of 9.2 inches.
It is interesting to note that these vertical air vents actually have more information on the S90 / V90 rather than on the two biggest brothers and sisters of the XC40. Regarding the leather steering wheel, it seems to be drawn from the R-Design models, but slightly modified, as it features a matte finish on the shelves rather than the bright look of recent Volvo models.
By moving backwards, we can check the generous amount of space for the rear legs and the folding tables that may be offered as an option. You can also observe the design of the fixed glass area, which confirms that the production version of the XC40 will have windows on the third side in contrast to the concept 40.1 shown below which has a massive pillar C. The front door pumps and the high mounted risers of the concept are also used. The road model will adopt a conventional configuration.
The 2018 Volvo XC40 will feature a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder T5. This gasoline-powered gasoline-powered hybrid uses a technology similar to that of the Drive-E unit found in the larger XC90. Combined with a dual 7-speed clutch transmission, it will allow for rapid gear changes and increased efficiency.
Speaking of efficiency, Volvo said earlier that their first electric car will be based on the AMC. This augurs well for the XC40, as the benefits of packaging an SUV body should allow a fully electric drivetrain. Performance fans should not feel excluded because it is reported that Polestar will increase heat, with a twin-turbo and supercharged version of 2.0-liter T6.
The company confirmed that the new 2018 Volvo XC40 will make its debut in 2017, although the launch probably only happens later in the year. This means that the overall sales of the XC40 cross will not begin before the beginning of 2018.