New Volvo XC40 SUV 2018 • Full Review The world is in no way short of premium compact SUVs. Still, Volvo believes there’s space at the watering hole for at least one more. New Volvo XC40 SUV 2018 launches in the United States in the first quarter of 2018 as the company’s third model line. It also marks the debut for the new Compact Modular Architecture, which will go on to underpin all of Volvo’s 40-series cars as well as the portfolio of Geely sub-brand Lynk & Co. 2018 Volvo Xc40 Release Date designed to appeal to a younger audience than Volvo’s more grown-up offerings, with exterior styling credited to Ian Kettle, a 31-year-old Brit whose proposal was accepted in 2013 when he was just a year out of the prestigious Royal College of Art design school. While there is a strong family resemblance to Volvo’s bigger SUVs, it’s not meant to be a little brother distinctive XC40 details include an upswept rear side window, a clamshell hood, and the sort of plastic wheel-arch cladding that has become visual shorthand for a crossover in recent years. At 174.2 inches long, it’s 10.4 inches shorter than the XC60 but, at 65.2 inches high, just 0.1 inch shorter, with a wheelbase of 106.4 inches, down 6.4 inches from the 2018 XC60. It has been designed for big wheels, with 17-inchers the smallest standard fitment and up to 20s offered as dealer options. Engineering is conventional. The XC40 has steel bodywork—including its liftgate and hood—and uses a strut front suspension and a multilink rear setup. Two powertrains will be available from launch in the United States, both using Volvo’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The entry-level T4 will be front driven, and the brawnier T5 will have all-wheel drive via a part-time Haldex clutch on the rear axle. Volvo said the T5 will have 250 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque but hasn’t released a power output for the T4—although, based on the other models wearing a T4 badge, this should be around 200 horsepower.