Volvo targets 125,000 global buyers for the XC40 in 2018

Volvo is targeting to sell 125,000 XC40s globally at the crossover’s peak, led by China (25,000 to 27,000 sales), the U.S. (16,000) and the UK (14,000). The XC40 is also a crucial part of Volvo’s plan to increase global sales nearly 50% to 800,000 vehicles by 2020.

The XC40’s optional equipment includes Volvo’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system, which can steer, accelerate and brake the vehicle in certain settings; a 360-degree camera to help drivers maneuver in and out of tight parking spaces; as well as a system that guides the vehicle into a parking spot.

Volvo will offer a 190-hp four-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel and a 250-hp four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine at launch. Both engines will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and come with all-wheel drive. Plug-in hybrid and full-electric variants will follow.

Standard features include Volvo’s fourth-generation City Safety crash-prevention technology, which can prevent crashes at speeds up to 60 kph as well as technology that stops the car from running off the road and helps the SUV avoid a head-on collision.

Clever solutions: The XC40 is Volvo’s first model with inductive charging for mobile phones and the first to offer a car-sharing option for family and friends.

The XC40 is the first Volvo underpinned by the compact modular architecture, or CMA, that the automaker co-developed with sibling brand Geely Automobile. The XC40 has one of the most functional interiors on the market. The highlights include enough storage space in the doors for a laptop computer and large bottle of water, a fold-out hook for small bags or take-out food and a removable waste bin in the center console.

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