New 2023 Volvo XC40 facelift quietly unveiled on configurator

A facelifted model of the favored Volvo XC40 SUV has been revealed – however the firm hasn’t but instructed anybody about it. Slightly than staging an enormous press marketing campaign, the Volvo quietly launched photos of the brand new automotive, together with most of its specs and pricing data on its on-line configurator.

Costs begin from £34,100 for the entry-level mild-hybrid petrol variant and £39,100 for the equal plug-in hybrid mannequin. In the meantime, the most cost effective model of the pure electrical XC40 Recharge begins from £43,550. Whatever the powertrain, although, the SUV’s line-up is separated into three specs known as Core, Plus and Final.

Nonetheless, not each specification might be accessible instantly – there are wait occasions of as much as 9 months for a number of the variants within the SUV’s line-up. The entire electrical variants of the up to date XC40, for instance, received’t arrive on buyer’s doorsteps till the tip of the yr. 

Volvo may even introduce an much more primary entry-level mannequin known as the XC40 Begin as soon as the facelifted mannequin has been correctly rolled out. It’ll have a beginning worth of £26,485 and can solely be accessible with a 127bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a handbook gearbox.

Customary gear for the present least expensive XC40 Core variant contains 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, silver roof rails, rear parking sensors and automated windscreen wipers. Inside, consumers additionally get two-zone local weather management, a wi-fi smartphone charger, a nine-inch infotainment system and a 12-inch digital gauge cluster.

As it is a Volvo, there’s an entire host of ordinary security gear, too. Patrons get cruise management, lane-keeping help, visitors signal recognition, an adjustable velocity limiter and Volvo’s oncoming lane mitigation system, which helps stop the automotive from having a head-on accident by mechanically steering the automotive away from oncoming visitors.

Costs for the XC40 Plus begin from a pleasant spherical £40,000. For that, consumers get 18-inch diamond lower alloys, gloss black roof rails, an electrically operated tailgate, entrance and rear parking sensors, a rear parking digicam and mechanically folding and heated door mirrors.

The cabin can be a bit extra comfy, with consumers getting a heated steering wheel, heated seats, an air purification system with a finer pollen filter and Volvo’s Parking Local weather system, which blows air into the automotive from the skin for as much as quarter-hour after the engine has been switched off to keep up a cushty temperature within the cabin.

The range-topping XC40 Final has a beginning worth of £43,910. Upgrades over the Plus mannequin embody a special set of 19-inch alloy wheels, Volvo’s Pixel LED headlights with washer jets, entrance LED fog lamps and an improved alarm and immobiliser. 

Patrons get much more gear inside. Customary package now features a 360-degree parking digicam, heated entrance and rear seats, an electrically adjustable passenger seat and a premium Harman Kardon stereo system with a subwoofer within the spare wheel properly.

Volvo’s semi-autonomous driving mode, Pilot Help, additionally makes an look on the prime of the XC40’s pecking order, permitting drivers at hand management of the steering, throttle and brakes over the automotive, offering they supervise what’s occurring across the car. The system may even convey the automotive to an entire halt and set off by itself in stop-start visitors.

New 2023 Volvo XC40: engines and drivetrains

There’s a broad vary of engines to select from for the facelifted XC40. The most affordable possibility is a 127bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol unit, which is simply accessible with essentially the most primary Begin specification.

Above that, there are two 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines, badged B3 and B4. The previous produces 161bhp and and 265Nm of torque, whereas the latter has 194bhp and 300Nm of torque. Each engines include a seven-speed automated gearbox as commonplace, though the B4 mannequin might be optioned with four-wheel drive.

Subsequent up, it’s the plug-in hybrids. There are simply two choices to select from right here, and each of them are primarily based on the identical 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol engine discovered within the base mannequin. The front-wheel drive T4 variant will get 127bhp from the petrol engine and 81bhp from its electrical motor, which Volvo says is sufficient to push the XC40 from 0–62mph in 8.5 seconds.

The pricier four-wheel drive T5 mannequin pairs the identical electrical motor with a 178bhp petrol engine. The additional energy trims the SUV’s 0–62mph time to 7.3 seconds. Each plug-in hybrid powertrains even have claimed WLTP gas economic system figures of between 112.8– 134.5 mpg, whereas emissions stand between 47–57g/km of CO2 relying on the trim.

Patrons are additionally provided two electrical variations of the XC40. The entrance wheel drive mannequin is priced from £43,550 and has an output of 228bhp and 330Nm of torque. It’s powered by a 67kWh battery pack, which affords a most vary of 264 miles.

The range-topping four-wheel drive mannequin has a beginning worth of £54,300. It’s powered by a bigger 75kWh battery pack and will get a twin-motor electrical powertrain with an output of 402bhp and 660Nm of torque. It’s the quickest accelerating mannequin within the SUV’s vary, with a 0–62mph time of 4.9 seconds. Most vary is a claimed 259 miles

New 2023 Volvo XC40: facelift updates

Updates to the XC40 fall into line with the same old facelift tweaks. There’s a reshaped entrance bumper (which appears suspiciously like the identical panel adorning the C40), barely slimmer LED headlights and a brand new rear bumper which does with out the exhaust cutouts seen on the previous mannequin. Now, the exhaust exits beneath the rear valance, out of sight.

The cabin hasn’t modified a lot over the previous mannequin. The infotainment system is identical measurement as earlier than, but it surely options new Google-powered software program, forming a part of the Swedish model’s current tie-in with the know-how firm. The most important change is a brand new trim piece for the passenger facet sprint, which adjustments in design in line with the specification.

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Patrick Moore

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