Volvo’s smallest crossover in the offer has been around for a few years and after the recent introduction of the all-electric version, some sources suggest we might see a facelift for the next year. At this point, this is still just a rumor but we already saw some rendering photos that show a coupe version of this excellent crossover. Therefore, expectations from the new model are pretty big.
While this update is still just a rumor, we have no doubt that base design characteristics will remain the same. This means you may count on one of the best small crossovers around, which offers great interior quality, a full load of standard equipment, a spacious cabin and plenty of cargo space. You may count on three powertrain options, including an all-electric version, which has been introduced last year. Despite the possible updates, we don’t expect that the 2022 Volvo XC40 will come much earlier than usual. It will definitely come within the second half of the year.
2022 Volvo XC40 Design
When it comes to base design characteristics, things will definitely remain the same. The 2022 Volvo XC40 will continue to ride on a familiar SPA platform and use the same mechanics. It is good for about 106.4 inches in wheelbase, which are quite typical dimensions for the segment.
The upcoming facelift might bring a couple of revisions to the front end, but it’s hard to believe that anything significant could happen, considering that the current model already looks pretty amazing. On the other side, we can see rendering photos that show a coupe version of this crossover. Of course, the key design characteristics would be a sloping roof design, which provides that coupe-like appearance. This also means a different rear end, with a short overhang as well. On the other side, the front end would look pretty much the same as in the current model.
When it comes to the cabin layout, it’s hard to believe that the 2022 Volvo XC40 would feature too many changes. Simply, the current one looks really good. It features a classic, pretty clean dashboard design. Also, we like the build quality, with is excellent even in the smallest details. Naturally, materials feature top-notch quality. Of course, some slight revisions to the dashboard are always possible. Some sources suggest a new infotainment system, which also indicates revisions in the center stack.
On the other side, the overall cabin design will remain the same. The XC40 features a spacious and comfortable cabin, with excellent seats and very good visibility in all directions. Both rows are generous with space and back seats also accommodate adults with ease. The cargo area is good for about 21 cubic feet behind the second row and 47 cubic feet with the second row folded down.
The 2021 model year has brought a lot of novelties, so it’s hard to believe that the list of standard features in the 2022 Volvo XC40 could be much longer. Things like leather upholstery, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights have been added to the list of standard equipment recently, while there is also a long list of tech goodies. The current model comes standard with a 9-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, and an eight-speaker premium stereo. Additionally, you can get navigation, wireless charging, a premium audio system etc.
As we’ve just mentioned, there is a chance to see a new infotainment system. The current one is pretty good in terms of graphics and speed but critics say it definitely needs more physical buttons or shortcuts to most basic functions. So, we presume that the new system would go in that direction.
2022 Volvo XC40 Engines
We definitely don’t expect to see changes in this aspect, so the 2022 Volvo XC40 should carry on with three familiar powertrain options in the offer. Base versions will feature a 2.0-liter turbo-four with a max output of 184 horsepower. The same engine is available in a more powerful variant, with a total output of 250 horsepower. Both engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission from Aisin, which does a pretty good job.
Also, there is a recently introduced XC40 Recharge, an all-electric version of the crossover. It features a max output of 400 horsepower and comes packed with a 75-kWh battery pack, which is enough for about 200 miles on a single charge.
2022 Volvo XC40 Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2022 Volvo XC40 sometime in the second half of the year, with a starting price of around 35.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA etc.