The current generation of Volvo’s entry-level crossover has been around since 2019. The 2023 Volvo XC40 will represent the fifth production year, so it’s no wonder it’s getting updates. Even though the officials are still quiet, we know for sure that the next year will bring styling changes. The photos of the refreshed version leaked. More precisely, they were published on the official Volvo site and car configurator in Germany. Cochespias was the first source to share the new photos.
From what we can see from these photos, the next year’s update will be mostly about visual changes. The new model will come with subtle styling changes, mostly at the front. On the other hand, we don’t expect to see bigger changes on the inside, though there is always room for new tech features and similar things. On the other hand, the powertrain lineup will certainly remain the same.
We expect that the sales will start in the second half of the year.
2023 Volvo XC40 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, most of this update will be about styling. We are about to see several quite subtle changes and from what we can see in photos, most of them will happen at the front. The 2023 Volvo XC40 will come with new daytime running lights, as well as new foglights. The front bumper seems a little bit more aggressive, while the all-electric version called Recharge comes with a revised grille, which is designed in the same fashion as the new C40 Recharge. Finally, count on new sets of wheels and color options.
On the other hand, the overall layout will remain the same. We expect that the current generation will remain in production for several more years, and bigger changes shouldn’t happen before the complete overhaul. This particularly refers to the mechanics, which are based on the well-familiar Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). What we like about this crossover is its suspension setup, which is balanced pretty well. It is soft enough to ensure a smooth ride, but also firm enough to provide a decent level of athleticism.
From what we can see in the photos, bigger interior changes won’t happen. The cabin design will remain the same, though there is always room for things like new color schemes. Moreover, we believe that the 2023 Volvo XC40 could be one of Volvo’s first models to completely drop leather upholstery, in accordance with the company’s policy not to use cow-based leather anymore.
The overall cabin layout will remain the same, which isn’t a bad thing at all. This is still one of the nicest cabins in the class, characterized by quality materials and elegant aesthetics. Furthermore, we like the sound insulation, while the second row offers a lot of space for taller passengers, which isn’t always the case in this segment. The front seats are massive and comfortable, with plenty of space.
The cargo area offers around 21 cubic feet behind the second row and 57 cubic feet of the total cargo space, which is above average for the segment.
We presume that the upcoming refresh will bring some updates in this aspect as well. However, we should also keep in mind that the current model already comes with a long list of standard features. It’s equipped with goodies like automatic climate control, push-button start, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 9-inch touch screen, an eight-speaker sound system, HD Radio, satellite radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Furthermore, there is also a pretty long list of options, which includes goodies like navigation, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, wireless device charging, proximity keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic moonroof.
2023 Volvo XC40 Engines
We expect no changes under the hood of the 2023 Volvo XC40. So, base T4 models will continue with a 2.0-liter turbo-four that puts out around 187 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. The T5 model uses the same 2.0-liter engine but is tuned up to 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come in pair with an 8-speed automatic from Aisin, which does a great job. The base engine returns around 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, while the T5 is slightly thirstier.
The all-electric version, known as the XC40 Recharge will also continue in the same way. This model comes with a couple of electric motors, with a total output of 402 horsepower. That’s enough for a 0-60 sprint in just 4.3 seconds, while the 75-kWh battery ensures a max range of 223 miles, according to the manufacturer.