Here’s Our First Look At The 2018 Volvo XC40’s Interior

Following those production body shots of the XC40 we saw back in February, we now have our first look at what this car is going to be like once you take a seat behind the wheel.

Before we dive into the interior design, we need to mention that the exterior is wrapped in the same camo and cladding we saw on that model undergoing winter tests a couple months back.

The cabin however is a lot more exposed, and we can tell it has a clean design, featuring a three-spoke steering wheel, portrait-style infotainment display, vertical air vents (smaller than on the XC60) and an overall simpler center console design.

To be fair, we expected the XC40’s cabin to look a bit less expensive than what we get with its larger siblings, especially since its main rivals will be models like the Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Audi Q3 – all of whom represent an “entry-level” step inside the small premium crossover segment.

Another thing we can confirm is that the rear window design is definitely the same as on the XC40 concept, which is interesting from a design perspective, although it could limit visibility, while making the cabin feel less airy for rear-sitting passengers – like in a Toyota C-HR.

The Volvo XC40 will also utilize the Swedish automaker’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, designed not just for this model, but also other 40-series cars, as well as the Lynk & Co compact SUV. As for its engine range, the XC40 is expected to be Volvo’s first model to feature a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder unit, joining a range of turbocharged petrol and diesels, followed by a plug-in hybrid later on.

Volvo is expected to unveil the XC40 later on this year, with sales getting under way either in late 2017 or early 2018.

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  • Antonio Bošković

    why do they even bother to hide it, its going to be the same as 60 and 90 series cars with few cheaper plastics to keep in the price range for the compact range

    • Marty

      You don’t think we will see a car more like the 40.1 concept? I think the point of that concept was to give us a few hints. Look at the rear lamps. And it also looks like they might use the more swept up line of the rear door windows from the concept.

      But it also looks like they are going for the ugly kind of touch screen that seems to grow out of the centre stack, instead of a nicely integrated design.

      http://teknikensvarld.se/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/volvo-concept-40-1-02-980×653.jpg

      • Antonio Bošković

        i was reffering to interior design,exterior will probably have some elements from 40.1 concept

        • Marty

          I hear you.
          But as I said, from the pics it looks like the design of the interior also seems to take a slightly different direction with less focus on unbroken horisontal lines, and more “islands” of stuff. But many of the details seem to be from the larger siblings.

  • Nordschleife

    Its funny because this interior design does lose a little luster in its cheaper incarnation. But hopefully once they add the ubiquitous faux metal or carbon trim it will look pretty decent.

  • Benjamin B.

    I want to see the new V60

  • Enter Ranting

    Fingerprint-covered touch screen…check.

  • That’s not the center console of the finished XC40. See the new Volvo videos out this week on You Tube. It’s wayyyyy better.

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