Volvo India, the Indian subsidiary of the Swedish car maker, has finally launched the much awaited V40 Cross Country in India. The new Volvo V40 Cross Country will battle it out against not just the new Mercedes A Class and the upcoming BMW 1 Series but also with the BMW X1 and the Audi Q3.
The new Volvo V40 Cross Country has been priced at INR 28.5 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) in rapidly developing Indian car market. The V40 goes on sale in only one variant, which comes filled to the brim with features and equipment.
Very much like almost all the Volvo cars to have ever kissed the tarmac, the V40 comes “over-loaded” with safety features. The long list of safety features includes SIPS airbags, knee airbags, inflatable curtain airbags, start-stop technology, front seats with whiplash protection among a gazillion other features.
The car also benefits from premium features like a panoramic sunroof, clean air filter technology for the HVAC, cruise control, leather upholstery, heated and power front seats with memory settings for the driver, rear parking camera and front and rear parking sensors.
The new V40’s digital instrument cluster has an 8-inch TFT display that has three modes – Elegance, Eco and Performance. In the Elegance mode, the TFT display shows a simple layout with the speed needle being the highlight. The Eco Mode is pretty similar to the Elegance mode but also has real time fuel consumption and average fuel consumption displays. The Performance Mode shifts its focus to the tachometer from the speedometer and also shows the power in use and the power reserve.
Powering the new Volvo V40 Cross Country is a 2.0 litre five cylinder D3 diesel engine that has a max power output of 150bhp and a peak torque figure of 350 Nm. The engine comes mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The car is capable of hitting the 100kmph figure from standstill in 9.3 seconds and has a claimed fuel economy of 16.8 kmpl.
The V40 seems to be a really well sorted out car and we won’t be too surprised to see it giving a run for money to the mighty Germans.