Ahead of the Sept. 21 release, Volvo’s operation in Hungary accidentally published a promotional video for the car—which was spotted by paultan.org and elsewhere.
The XC40 completes the manufacturer’s list of SUV/crossover offerings, and it is the first vehicle to be based on Volvo’s CMA platform, shorthand for Compact Modular Architecture. That platform is shared with Geely, Volvo’s Chinese parent company, and will also underpin the next-generation S40/V40 cars.
As far as the powertrain goes, the video showed an XC40 with a T5 TwinEngine badge, suggesting a hybrid powertrain will be available from launch. The T5 TwinEngine powertrain is expected to consist of a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a 74 horsepower electric motor. Volvo has said it will serve as an attractive alternative to a diesel powertrain, offering low C02 emissions with good power and torque.
The XC40 is the first car based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture which is shared with Volvo’s Chinese owners Geely. While a detailed list of engines has yet to be announced, Volvo has said that the range will include the brand’s new 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline unit, with the four-cylinder Drive-E engines powering faster models.