New Volvo XC40 SUV 2018 â€¢ Full Review The world is in no way short of premium compact SUVs. Still, Volvo believes thereâ€™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 companyâ€™s third model line. It also marks the debut for the new Compact Modular Architecture, which will go on to underpin all of Volvoâ€™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 Volvoâ€™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 Volvoâ€™s bigger SUVs, itâ€™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, itâ€™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 bodyworkâ€”including its liftgate and hoodâ€”and uses a strut front suspension and a multilink rear setup. Two powertrains will be available from launch in the United States, both using Volvoâ€™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 hasnâ€™t released a power output for the T4â€”although, based on the other models wearing a T4 badge, this should be around 200 horsepower.