Volvo's Range Rover Evoque fighter won't be debuting in Europe.
Car News China is reporting that the production Volvo XC40 will make its world debut at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show in April. The XC40 debuted last year in concept form alongside a conceptual S40. The reason Volvo is showing its new model in Shanghai and not in Geneva the month before is because the Swedish company is owned by Chinese automaker Geely. It's also because the XC40 will share a platform with the Lynk & Co 01. Lynk & Co is a Chinese sub-brand under the Geely umbrella.
In addition to sharing a platform with a Chinese car the XC40 will also be built in the Middle Kingdom. Now that Shanghai debut makes more sense, huh? Car News China says three engines will be available at launch. These include a 1.5-liter three-cylinder making 180 horsepower, a 1.5-liter plug-in hybrid good for 254 hp and a 2.0-liter turbo-four with an output of 240 horses. It’s not known if these engines will be the ones available when the XC40 launches stateside. Our guess is no. A three-cylinder engine in a luxury crossover would be a hard sell for Americans, although the hybridized version may win over buyers with its combination of power and (presumably) stellar gas mileage.
When we first saw the XC40 in concept form we said it looked like the Range Rover Evoque in a way that was too close for comfort. Here’s hoping the production version has its own distinct look, and that it continues Volvo’s recent run of cars with elegant and singular designs. The Shanghai Auto Show doesn’t get much attention in the US but with the worldwide reveal of the Volvo XC40 and the world debut of the Mini John Cooper Works Countryman the show just became one to watch. OK, maybe not “one to watch” so much as one to check in on from time to time. Progress is a slow process, China.