Volvo boosting global XC40 small SUV production to meet demand
Volvo is increasing production capacity in its Ghent factory in Belgium and also at the Luqiao plant in China during the first half of 2019 to meet rising demand for its latest India offering, the XC40 small SUV. The company has received over 80,000 orders for the car since its launch globally.
This is being made possible with the production of the V60 and S60 coming to an end. The next generation S60 will be primarily produced in the US.
The India-spec Volvo XC40 is set to launch in July in a single top-spec R-Design trim. Powering the XC40 will be Volvo's four-cylinder, 2.0-litre diesel engine (D4) producing 190PS at 4,000rpm and 400Nm between 1,750rpm and 2,500rpm. Volvo is claiming a 0-100kmph of 7.9 seconds which is quick. The motor is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The XC40 is the first to be based on the company's new CMA architecture and gets a host of tech and driver assist features like Pilot Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, City Safety with pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, Oncoming lane mitigation, Driver Alerts and Lane Keeping Aid.
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