The Volvo XC40 is South Africa’s most successful premium compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) and it is also the company’s top-selling model globally. Now Volvo Car South Africa has introduced an additional derivative to its XC40 range, namely the Volvo XC40 T4. This is the first time the derivative – which has already proved popular overseas – will be sold locally.
The pièce de résistance of the new derivative is its 2.0-litre in-line turbocharged petrol engine, which delivers maximum power of 140 kW at 5000 r/min and maximum torque of 300 Nm. It is matched to Volvo’s eight-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox. The performance is brisk, with a zero to 100 km/h time of 8.4 seconds. Available in three specification levels – Momentum, Inscription and R-Design – pricing for the Volvo XC40 T4 starts at R654 580. The T4 slots in between two other petrol-engined XC40 models, namely the T3 (which boasts a 110 kW engine) and the T5 (with its 185 kW powerplant).
Like the other models in the range, the Volvo XC40 T4 combines bold design with cutting-edge connectivity, clever interior storage and Volvo’s industry-leading safety technology. This includes Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic Alert with brake support and a 360° camera that helps drivers manoeuvre their car into tight parking spaces.
According to Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director at Volvo Car South Africa, the arrival of the Volvo XC40 T4 is set to further cement the success of the range in this country. “The XC40 had a good 2020; it had an 8.40% share of its segment in 2019; that grew to 14.70% last year. In 2021, the XC40 nameplate performance is continuing to grow its sales locally,” he reveals.
The T4 is but one of two new XC40 models that will be launched in South Africa this year. Volvo Car South Africa will also launch the XC40 P8 All Electric. Orders start for this vehicle in May with deliveries to commence in August.