Volvo XC40 Gets Sportier With New Exterior Styling Kit

Dig the new Volvo XC40, but wish it looked just a little bit sportier? Well apparently you’re not alone. So as attractive as we may find it already, Volvo has come out with a new Exterior Styling Kit for its entry-level crossover to give it a bit more flair.

The “rugged yet sporty exterior styling kit” includes a stainless steel lower body trim that looks more aesthetic than the functional underbody protection often offered on off-roaders. It also includes a rear spoiler extending the roofline a bit over the rear window, and a set of 21-inch diamond-cut wheels. Nothing too outlandish or over-the-top, just a little dose of added attitude.

As Motor1 points out, US pricing and availability have yet to be released. But those same triple-five-spoke wheels are already available as a $2,680 option, including performance tires.

Recently named European Car of the Year, the XC40 represents Volvo’s first foray into the increasingly competitive compact luxury crossover market. That puts it up against other (relative) newcomers like the Cadillac XT4, Lexus NX, Jaguar F-Pace, and Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Together, they take on established players like the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti QX50, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lincoln MKC, Mercedes GLC, and Porsche Macan.

The baby Volvo also ushers in a new compact modular architecture it will share with its new sister brand Lynk & Co. Those new models will embrace an even sportier styling direction. So if it’s elegance you’re after, the new top-of-the-line XC40 Inscription may be more to your taste.

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  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    This design is so perfect on every angle, it makes me hate it.

    • LeStori

      Yes it is one ugly 2 shoe box design. As Sporty as a Snail.

  • Six_Tymes

    these details really makes a big difference. it looks very good.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    “Together, they take on established players like the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Infiniti QX50, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lincoln MKC, Mercedes GLC, and Porsche Macan.”

    Um, isn’t the XC40 a bit smaller than most of these cars?

    • vvmdrf

      XC40 is larger than a Macan, but yes this is more of a Q3, X1 segment.

      • KenjiK

        I’m confused. How can it be larger than the macan, yet in the Q3 and X1 segment? Isn’t the Macan using the same chassis as the Q5?

  • vvmdrf

    Brushed Stainless diffuser and quad exhaust is a nice touch. I think the stock wheels are better.

  • Elpatore

    Volvo is on a roll BIG TIME, I could easily have an all-Volvo garage.

  • Nordschleife

    This looks very good.Volvo knows how to make smart and attractive looking crossovers and wagons.

  • EM1

    A nicer car deserves more than a primitive soundtrack.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Those wheels are a little too big imo.

  • Tostik

    The Volvo XC40 is Smashing UK Sales Numbers

    posted by Sebastien Bell on 10 April 2018 in News Volvo News

    Volvo, despite being excellent, isn’t exactly a sales monster. But things might be on the turn now that it’s making a splash in the compact luxury crossover segment.

    It hasn’t been on sale for long, but already it’s trending at 2,000 sales a month in the UK, making it the brand’s most successful new model launch ever there.

    With an initial allotment of just 1,000 (all lavishly trimmed), those XC40s all sold before it even reached dealers and it reported to be stealing sales from the big German brands and Land Rover.

    “The XC40 is already proving to be a huge success, fuelled by the number of high-profile awards it has won recently,” said David Baddeley, Volvo Car UK’s Operations Director. “This enthusiasm is reflected in the number of early customers who have ordered their XC40, and we see this demand only increasing now the first customer cars are appearing on UK roads.”

    It’s good news for the brand that counts Europe among its most important markets.

    Now the car is not only popularly loved, but critically acclaimed, too. Having earned awards from What Car? and rave reviews.

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