For Volvo, the new crossover is a really big deal. It’s the first car to ride on the company’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, it competes in the red-hot small/premium crossover class and it’s the first vehicle to be sold via the . And that’s not all.
On Monday, Volvo introduces its very first three-cylinder engine, and the first vehicle to use this potent little powerplant is the XC40. Furthermore, this 1.5-liter inline-three engine has been specifically designed to integrate with Volvo’s Twin Engine technology, meaning a plug-in hybrid XC40 is on the way. A fully electric XC40 is in the cards, too.
Now, don’t get your hopes up just yet. It’s unclear whether or not the 1.5-liter engine will be offered in US-spec XC40 models. We’ve asked Volvo to clarify and will update should we hear back. But given the fact that Volvo’s US media site doesn’t list the three-cylinder info, it’s probably a safe bet that this engine will only be offered in Europe and other markets — at least initially.
What we do get, however, is a fancy new Inscription trim, slotting above the XC40’s Momentum and R-Design models. You’ll be able to spot an Inscription model thanks to its unique wheels, tasteful chrome mesh in the grille and model-specific body colors. Inside, the XC40 Inscription gets driftwood inlays and a crystal gear lever.
Pricing and availability of the XC40 Inscription will be announced at a later date.
For now, the XC40 will hit US showrooms in a couple of months, starting at $33,200 for the T4 Momentum and going up to $37,700 for the T5 R-Design. You can also ditch the traditional car-buying model and sign up for a 12- or 24-month subscription via Care by Volvo, which lumps the cost of the vehicle, scheduled maintenance and even insurance into a neat $600 (or $700 if you want the T5 R-Design) monthly payment.