Volvo is betting big on their XC 40 concept car and they have been teasing the model for many months now.
A new teaser has been released for the vehicle along with the launch of a new hybrid engine.
The brand confirmed that they are going to use the hybrid engine in all vehicles that are being constructed on theCMA modular platform. In the teaser image released by Volvo, the XC 40 was released one more time and the car resembled a lot of the XC coupe concept showcased by the brand some time ago. The signature taillight design associated with the manufacturer has been carried out with the XC 40 car. It is one seamless design which starts from the roof and continues to run down throughout the rear bumper. The roof spoiler in the new image appears much bigger than the earlier concept and the rear window is raked.
When creating new platforms with hybrid engines, all automobile manufacturers face a situation where they have to manage spacing for the battery without compromising on cargo area. Like most designers do, the team has opted to place the battery in the center of the concept model so that it occupies as less legroom as possible. Very little compromise has been made in terms of spacing if we go by the images. Volvo has released another video where it has been confirmed that the rear wheel is not being powered by the electric motors.
Based on the information revealed through the snapchat picture, it is possible that the new Volvo XC 40 will use only a front wheel drive system. The brand may offer buyers a choice to go for rear or all-wheel drive but there is no confirmation yet. Such options might be provided only if the new platform on which the concept is being built on supports it.
The XC 40 concept car is the first model from Volvo to utilize the CMA platform. The brand is taking an unconventional route by adopting a new platform for their flagship car. While most manufacturers will refrain from such experiments, Volvo is keen to make a mark and overcome competition with innovation. This concept is a good example which has already been received with great support from the buyer community. The wagon will compete against models from BMW, Audi and Mercedes. It is slated to get launched in 2018.