Besides joining a new segment, it will be the first Volvo to offer the inductive smartphone chargers the Germans have been offering for years and the first to offer a family and friends car-sharing system.
It’s also crammed with safety features, including City Safe crash prevention that helps at up to 60km/h, Run-Off Road assist to keep the car within its lane and Pilot Assist to Level 2 self-driving in heavy traffic.
It also boasts a Cross Traffic Alert to autonomously brake the car to defend against collisions with unseen cars, bikes or pedestrians when reversing out of car parks.
Petrofski bills it as a world first, though Volkswagen debuted similar technology on the facelift of the last generation Polo in 2014.
The T5 petrol version will be the entry-level car initially and also the lightest, at 1,684kg. The 1,969cc four-cylinder turbo motor will deliver 182kW of power at 5,500r/min, while its 350Nm torque peak begins at 1,800r/min and trails off beyond 4,800r/min.
Volvo claims the T5 is good for 230km/h at its top end, whipping through to 100km/h in only 6.5 seconds. It also posts between 8.3 and 9.0l/100km on the new WLTP real-world fuel economy test, which equates to between 189 and 205g/km of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Over in diesel land, the D4 uses the same 1,969cc capacity, with the same 82mm x 93.2mm bore and stroke measurements as the T5 petrol motor, but uses two turbochargers and boosts the compression ratio from 10.8:1 up to 15.8:1. It brings with it more torque, earlier than the T5, with 400Nm available from 1,750-2,500r/min and tops out with 140kW of power at 4,000r/min, though the heavier engine pushes the weight up to 1,733kg.
Volvo claims it will send the small crossover to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds on its way to 210km/h at its top end. Its WLTP figure is between 6.3 and 7.0l/100km, or 168 to 185g/km of carbon dioxide.
Volvo SA is not able to confirm final model options as yet, but a spokesperson said to expect a full spread of models in the same way as the company has done with other ranges.
At 4,425mm long, the XC40 sits on a 2,034mm wheelbase and it uses an eight-speed Aisen-Warner automatic transmission on both powertrain variants as well as a variable centre differential.
Volvo claims 450mm of wading depth and 211mm of ground clearance to justify its "SUV" status, though its 54l fuel tank would be a limiting factor in real off-road work. It rides on 19-inch tyres, attached to a MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear end, though an R specification takes the wheels up to 20 inches.