The new Volvo XC40 has broken cover at Milan in Italy. It is the first model to be built on the car maker’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform. The CMA platform will underpin all other upcoming cars in the 40 Series including fully electrified vehicles.

Safety features on the XC40 include Volvo Cars’ Pilot Assist system, City Safety, Run-off Road protection and mitigation, Cross Traffic alert with brake support and the 360° Camera.Styling wise the XC40 shares a lot of styling cues from the XC60 and the XC90. Up front it gets the now trademark Thor hammer lights with DRLs. At 4425mm in length, the XC40 is  263mm shorter than the XC60, and just 3mm lower and has a 2702mm wheelbase. Entry level trims will get gets 17 inch alloy wheels while the higher end ones will come with 18 and 19 inch alloys.

On the inside the XC40 gets 12.3in TFT instrument cluster display. Other features include storage space in the doors and under the seats, a special space for phones including inductive charging, a fold-out hook for small bags and a removable waste bin in the tunnel console.The XC40 will come withwith a D4 diesel or a T5 petrol four-cylinder Drive-E engine. Further powertrain options, including a hybridised as well as a pure electric version, will be added later. The XC40 will also be the first Volvo model to be available with Volvo Cars’ new 3-cylinder engine.

The Volvo XC40 will rival the Mercedes GLA, the BMW X1, the Range Rover Evoque and the Audi Q3. Expect the XC40 to launch in India next year.