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2019 Volvo XC40: Get Small

September 21, 2017 1:53 PM
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The XC40 is designed to appeal to a younger audience than Volvo’s more grown-up offerings, with exterior styling credited to Ian Kettle, a 31-year-old Brit whose proposal was accepted in 2013 when he was just a year out of the prestigious Royal College of Art design school.

While there is a strong family resemblance to Volvo’s bigger SUVs, it’s not meant to be a little brother; distinctive XC40 details include an upswept rear side window, a clamshell hood, and the sort of plastic wheel-arch cladding that has become visual shorthand for a crossover in recent years. At 174.2 inches long, it’s 10.4 inches shorter than the XC60 but, at 65.2 inches high, just 0.1 inch shorter, with a wheelbase of 106.4 inches, down 6.4 inches from the 2018 XC60. It has been designed for big wheels, with 17-inchers the smallest standard fitment and up to 20s offered as dealer options.


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