THE 2018 European Car of the Year XC40 Volvo has evolved following its South African launch at an intimate affair in Fourways, Jozi.
Thanks to a beautiful day that accompanied by a spitting
rain and overcast-typical European weather conditions- a line-up of the SUVs welcomed members of the press amid the fanfare.
The new Volvo XC40 brings a breath of fresh Swedish air to the premium compact SUV segment, throwing away the rulebook to create a new motoring experience where individual style meets a functional and supremely minimalistic driving environment.
We took them for a spin from Fourways all the way up to Lanseria Airport, passing through Lion Park and snaking through the serendipity and lush of imposing Magaliesberg.
Yes, one can attest the Mercedes Benz ML driver was unhappy with the take off the XC40 displayed along the William Nicol Drive. Catch us if you dare…
It comes packed with City Safety a system that senses potential collisions, even when it is dark, and can activate the brakes automatically should you not react in time.
City Safety provides three levels of intervention; warning, brake support and full autonomous braking, and uses a combination of instruments and sensors to constantly monitor surrounding conditions.
After-all safety is one fundamental key with Swedish brands.
It’s available with a choice of two trim levels (the sporty R-Design and elegant Momentum), two engines (D4 diesel or T5 petrol), and all-wheel drive on all models. Top-of-the-range Inscription derivatives arrive later in 2018, as well as the T3 front-wheel drive version, according to Greg Maruszewski- Managing Director Volvo Car South Africa.
“This car is perfectly suited to the South African market. It’s luxurious, capable and compact, and pricing is extremely competitive. The new Volvo XC40 is equipped with a higher level of standard specification than any of its competitors,” he said boastingly.
Volvo brand in South Africa is popular with likes of XC90, S90 and V90 Cross Country that have paved way for new era Volvo cars.
Some of available derivatives:
XC40 T3 Manual R489 500
XC40 D4 Geartronic AWD R600 300
XC40 T5 Geatronic AWD R R610 900
XC40 D4 Geatronic AWD R632 100
XC40 T5 Geatronic AWD R642 600