Volvo 40.2 Concept

From the front, it looks like a high-riding sedan but from the
rear it looks like a hot hatchback, some say it even looks like
a wagon, well I guess we won’t know until Volvo releases the
production model. If you are in the dark, I am talking about
the Volvo 40.2 Concept. The model is based on a new platform
dubbed Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). This architecture is
more cost-efficient and can be scaled to accommodate different
wheelbases, lengths as well as different power-trains. The
platform is part of Volvo’s strategy to sell around 1 million
hybrid cars by 2025.

The Volvo 40.2 Concept together with the 40.1
Concept which were showcased to the public together have
adopted the same design language as the Volvo
XC90 and the yet to be released S90 sedan and V90 wagon.
The 40.1 Concept previews a compact crossover which we have
reviewed separately:

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Volvo 40.2 Concept Exterior

Generally, the concept looks like a high-riding sedan with the
body style of the S60 Cross Country. Overall, the vehicle
features a tall stance which means rear passengers will enjoy
extra headroom as well as additional cargo space. The tall
stance also makes it more compatible with electric
power-trains.

At the front, the 40.2 Concept features a beveled grille
flanked by LED headlights with Thor’s hammer LED DRLs. Its
A-pillars are blacked out. There are deep geometric scallops on
its lower doors.  The sides also features ultra-thin side
mirrors and Thor’s hammer door handles. The rear on the other
had features C-shaped taillights and the unique tailgate.

All features make the 40.2 Concept look like a sedan except for
its rear. While regular sedans feature trunk lids, Volvo has
used a lift-gate making its rear look like a hatchback which
the automaker calls a “notchback”. The model looks more edgy
than other Volvo models and though it looks production ready, I
believe a host of features will be toned down for production
purposes.

Volvo also revealed that the new design emphasizes on wheel
size to body proportion as opposed to dash to axle like the
SPA-based models.

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Volvo 40.2 Concept Interior

Volvo has not disclosed how the interior will be like. However,
we expect the interior to adopt the latest cues from the XC90
and the upcoming S90 sedan. Since it targets other luxury
brands, the automaker must make the cabin luxurious, convenient
and comfortable.

Due to the automaker’s emphasis on safety, the small car will
be hooked up with the latest semi-autonomous technologies
adopted from the bigger models. As such, expect to find
adaptive cruise control, parking assist, driver alertness
warning, lane keep assist, lane change warning among others.
The models are also likely to feature the “On Call” mobile app
which enables drivers to unlock and start the car via their
Smartphones. The app also allows one to send the “keys” of the
Volvo to family members or pals so they can drive the vehicle

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Engine Specs and performance

As said earlier, hybrid and full-EV will be central to the new
platform. Though the automaker has not revealed the lineup of
drive-trains for the 40.2 Concept, we understand that a hybrid
and a full EV will be offered. This drive-train is referred to
as the T5 Twin Engine.

The drive-train combines a turbocharged 1.5 L, 3-cylinder
engine that produces around 180 hp and an electric motor which
adds 55 kW and a combined 250 hp. The hybrid will use a 9.7 kWh
lithium-ion battery to store extra juice. The system uses a
hybridized dual-clutch transmission that is different from the
T8 Twin Engine that powers the bigger Volvos like the XC90.

A fully electric drive-train will be offered on a later date.
This drive-train is expected to have a range of over 215 miles
but could be even more as the platform can accommodate a
battery with a bigger range. At this range, the sedan will beat
the Chevy
Bolt and Tesla
Model 3 in their own game.

There will be a number of conventional engines including a
turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine and diesel engines.
However, diesel engines won’t be offered in the US. After the
Volkswagen diesel scandal, automakers are a bit hesitant to
offer diesel engines in this market. The 4-cylinder petrol
engine is expected to produce over 300 hp. The turbocharged 1.5
L engine will also be offered as a standalone drive-train
capable of producing around 200 hp.

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Price and release date

It is not clear when a production model of the 40.2 Concept
will hit the market. Considering the models look almost ready
for production, I believe Volvo will release them early in
2017.

However, it is not clear whether the model will be a sedan,
hatchback or both.  According to the Volvos’ naming
strategy, the model will adopt the S40 nametag if it will be a
sedan and V40 in case it is a hatchback.

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Competition

When it makes a market debut, the production version of the
40.2 Concept will give the Mercedes CLA, upcoming BMW1
Series sedan and Audi A3 sedan
a run for their money.