The petrol version of the Volvo V40 Cross Country has been launched in India at Rs 27 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The V40 Cross Country T4 is the new entry-level model for the Swedish manufacturer and has been launched to cash in on the growing popularity of premium compact crossovers in the Indian market.
The V40 Cross Country T4 is powered by a Ford-sourced 1,596cc turbocharged four-pot GDTi engine. While this engine is internationally offered in two states of tune, the sole variant launched in India produces 178bhp and 240Nm of torque, which has 0-100kmph time of 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 224kmph. This engine comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Aesthetically, the V40 Cross Country T4 is identical to the other diesel variants, and it continues to sport the futuristic design. The interior of the V40 Cross Country has been designed with a strong emphasis on ergonomics and comfort. It is available with a new, fully graphic instrument cluster that be customised in three graphic themes - Elegance, Eco and Performance. It also gets a seven-inch touch screen display with ‘Sensus’ infotainment system, which enables telephony and internet connectivity, along with a number of other functionalities in the car.
Volvo cars are highly regarded for their safety features and the V40 Cross Country is no different. It comes with a host of safety systems like lane keeping aid, blind spot information system (BLIS), cross traffic alert, road sign information support, speed alert function, active high beam technology, adaptive cruise control, distance alert, queue assist function, pedestrian and cyclist detection and pedestrian airbag technology. The Volvo V40 Cross Country can also alert and automatically brake in case it detects a risk of collision with another vehicle in front.
The V40 Cross Country T4 petrol is Volvo’s first car to sport a sub-Rs 30 lakh price tag and will be given the responsibility of driving up the volumes in the Indian market. With this price tag, the V40 Cross Country competes with other niche hatchbacks and crossovers like the Mini Countryman, BMW 1 Series and the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.