Volvo today revealed two new concept cars that provide a preview of a range of vehicles it will introduce to the compact segment. The “40 Series” will include sedan, crossover and hatchback models designed to appeal to young, urban car buyers and compete with offerings from competitors like Audi and BMW.
The “40.1” compact crossover and “40.2” notchback sedan are based on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), a new platform co-developed with the company’s Chinese owner Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. The CMA platform is designed to accommodate gasoline, electric and hybrid powertrains.
Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo’s chief designer, indicated that new compacts coming from the Gothenburg-based Swedish manufacturer will be directly based on the concepts and “have an energy, a disruptive and engaging urban character that makes them stand out among the crowd.” Volvo maintains that the 40 series cars will offer segment-leading safety, innovative connectivity services and ground-breaking Scandinavian interior design.
The 40 series is part of Volvo’s medium-term effort to boost global sales to 800,000 vehicles from the 503,000 units that it delivered in 2015.
Production versions of the concepts will be built at Volvo’s plant in Ghent, Belgium and are expected to be available in 2017.