The trend of compact crossovers made to look to big, sporty and aggressive is gaining momentum all over the world. So much so, that not even luxury carmakers want to be left behind in this rapidly growing and hugely lucrative segment. The latest automaker to join the bandwagon of compact crossovers is the Swedish automaker Volvo who have reportedly, prioritised the development of an entry-level SUV as part of a broader future model strategy. This new model will be tagged as the Volvo XC30 in the global markets and will be based on larger XC60 SUV. Pegged to launch sometime by the end of 2017, the XC30 will rival the likes of Audi Q3, BMW X1 and the Mercedes Benz B-Class. The baby Volvo will be based on the four wheel drive version of the existing C30s contemporary unitary platform that is internally being termed as the P1 structure. Dimensionally, the Volvo XC30 measures 4,350mm in length making is 280mm shorter that the current XC60. It is understood that Volvo might build two versions of the XC30 – a standard wheelbase model for the markets in Europe and an extended wheelbase model for the customers in India and China. The Volvo XC30 will reportedly, be built at the Swedish carmaker’s newly acquired Geely Automotive in China and is expected to debut in the international markets sometime by the end of 2014 and is slated to make its commercial debut in the country in 2016. With the XC30, Volvo is hoping to attract the younger generation of buyers and is aiming to achieve the sort of profitability that the larger XC60 gathered in the global markets.
Volvo XC30 Engine & Transmission
Volvo XC30 is available in two engine options – 2.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine and a 1.6 liter petrol engine that also powers XC40. Speculations are on rife that Indian model will be powered by 2.4 liter diesel engine that discharges peak power of 185 bhp @ 4000 rpm and the peak torque of 400 Nm @ 2000 rpm.Sending power to the wheels is the 6-speed manual transmission which delivers power smoothly.
Volvo XC30 Mileage
The exact details regarding the efficiency will be revealed once the car hits the market. According to certain sources the car is expected to deliver an estimated mileage of 13-14 kmpl.
Volvo XC30 Braking and Safety
Braking responsibilities would be handled by disc brakes on all four corners. Their progressive nature makes it amply comfortable to drive in the traffic. Tight seatbelts hold the passengers down always, in addition to airbags shielding them at all times. Volvo has incorporated many safety and security features in the XC30 including Anti-Lock Braking System,Electronic Brake-force Distribution System, Electronic Stability Program, Traction Control,parking sensor and many more features to ensure maximum safety of the occupants.
Volvo XC30 Performance and Handling
The Volvo XC30 offers good city performance with decent grunt for the highways. The engine is powerful enough to perform well on the Indian roads. Acceleration is very impressive with linear power delivery and excellent torque available throughout rev range.It is reported to do 0-100 kmph sprint in merely 15 seconds, while clocking a top speed of 200 kmph. The handling is good and body control is excellent too. The car is very stable at high speed being glued to the road at all times.There is no information regarding the suspension of the car, however, most of the cars from the company have done well with the suspension and the same can be expected with XC30 as well.