Like the current car, the new V40 will rival the Volkswagen Golf, BMW 1 Series, Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3, while the XC40 crossover version is aimed at the relatively new premium compact crossover class, which includes the Infiniti QX30 and forthcoming Audi Q2. Both are based on a new mechanical platform called CMA, which stands for ‘Compact Modular Architecture’.
The idea with Volvo’s 40 series is to combine stylish exterior and interior design with industry-leading connectivity, electrification, and autonomous drive technologies. The newly revealed concepts are the first vehicles built around the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which has been specially created for smaller Volvo cars.
Both cars are based on what Volvo calls its new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which today’s press release touts as a feature that will free up Volvo’s designers to have a bit more fun with things in the future.
As a result of this new freedom to try new stuff, Volvo’s global small car range will include a battery-powered electric vehicle as well as Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain options. The Twin Engine hybrid features a three-cylinder petrol engine alongside its electric motor mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Furthermore, Volvo committed today that they’d like a larger electric vehicle on their bigger Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) by 2019.