Volvo V40 Cross Country coming to India in 2013

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Volvo has so far been a four-model brand in India – the S60 and S80 saloons as well as the XC60 and XC90 SUVs being their only offerings here. While the latter has been discontinued, the other three continue to be the face of Volvo in India. Touted to sell about 800 units by the end of calendar year 2012, Volvo's operations in India are about a tenth the size of the market leader, BMW. But that might change with the entry of the V40 Cross Country.

To be Volvo's cheapest offering in India, cheaper than even the S60, the V40 is likely to be priced in the region of Rs 22 to 26 lakh. Volvo will bring it in as a CBU initially, but is expected to assemble it in the coming years as the company is actively scouting for locations for an assembly plant. According to a senior Volvo official who spoke to BSMOTORING.COM, the V40 Cross country will be launched in the first quarter of 2013 (calendar year) and deliveries will begin in the second quarter of the same year.

Based on the recently launched V40 hatchback, this five-door BMW X1 and Audi Q3 competitor gets a few updates to make it look more rugged than the V40. Apart from skid plates in the front, the Cross Country gets new bumpers, new daytime running lights and grille. Roof rails and side inserts round up the look of this 'macho' V40. Ground clearance has been increased to 173 mm while it gets differently designed alloy wheels as well. The V40 Cross Country is offered with Haldex all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive options, though we believe it's the latter that may be offered here to keep the price tag in check. Motor options are likely to be the 2.0-litre D3 model producing 150 bhp with a six-speed automatic for the moment and possibly a 177 bhp version of the same called the D4. A 180 bhp, turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol called the T4 may also be under consideration, but at a later date.