With the increasing demands for compact SUVs in the Indian market, Volvo is also planning to introduce a compact SUV called XC40 which would be based on SPA (Scaleable Platform Architecture) within next five years. Volvo’s SPA platform was designed to house Volvo’s new generation of four-cylinder engines and while it is “scaleable” as the name suggests.
Volvo would be revealing the first product based on this platform next year which would be a replacement for Volvo’s XC90. Currently, Volvo’s best selling model which has obtained decent sales in the Indian market are Volvo XC90 and XC60. Volvo has delayed to incorporate the SPA platform into XC40 because the company thinks that the new platform would be too large for XC40.
A Volvo insider reported to Autocar India that an XC40 would “fit the brand and sell in numbers” and the car is constructed in five sections, with the section roughly between the centre of the front wheels and the A-pillars — which carries the engine and transmission. The sources also confirmed that the new platform would be able to accommodate electrically driven rear axles for hybrid versions and mechanical four wheel drive.
Image credit – Autocarindia