BA readers know that the Volvo V40 Cross Country is headed to India. All Volvo cars that are on-sale in India come to us via completely built unit (CBU) route and Kochi port, Kerala is hub for Volvo CBUs imported into India. The Volvo V40 Cross Country crossovers have already begun arriving into India, it has been spotted at a leading Volvo dealer in the Kochi, MGF Volvo.
This news gives us a sigh of relief that V40 Cross Country has arrived into India, it is just a matter of time before Volvo officially launches this exciting new crossover by March-end or April. The picture seen above was shared by person named Anand via Twitter, and he tells that these cars were imported through the Kochi Port and is on their way to Chennai for pre-launch testing. If you clearly observe the picture, you’ll be able to notice that the yard has already a handful of V40’s.
Speaking to our good friends at IndianAutosBlog about the launch of V40 Cross Country, Volvo India’s managing director, Tomas Ernberg, stated –
- Only 2WD will head to India. No plans for the All Wheel Drive technology
- Two engines will come to India – 1.6-liter petrol and 2.0-liter diesel (Ford powertrains)
- There will not be any undercutting in terms of price. Volvo India will bring the fully loaded variant in form of a CBU unit. The prices will be higher than the Mercedes B-Class (So expect it to cost more than at least 22 lakhs)
Once launched, it will compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Sports Tourer, the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3 crossovers, in terms of price and positioning. This is a very important move taken by the company, the launch of V40 Cross Country will play a major role in the Swedish car maker’s expansion plans. Volvo India plans to increase its dealerships from 12 to 43 by 2020, and also aims at gaining the top 3 position in India luxury car market by 2020.