Volvo's resurgence continues with new vehicles and this year's debut of the all-new XC40 compact crossover.
Built on a common platform with Chinese owner Geely, the XC40 will round out Volvo's range of crossovers, slipping in the lineup below the XC90 full-size and the XC60 midsize vehicles.
The XC40 is the first of three compact entry Volvo models being developed jointly with Geely on a front-wheel-drive platform called the Compact Modular Architecture, or CMA.
Two CMA concepts were shown in May in Gothenburg, Sweden: the 40.1 concept, which gave a glimpse at the future XC40, and the 40.2, a notchback sedan that would likely be called the S40. The third variant, the V40 station wagon, was not shown.
The 40-series vehicles will use not only the CMA flexible architecture but also Volvo's family of three- and four-cylinder engines and hybrid and electric powertrains. Advanced safety and semiautonomous driving features will trickle down to the compacts.
The XC60 will be redesigned next year.
No launches are planned for the Detroit auto show. Last year, Volvo unveiled the newest members of the 90 range, the V90 Cross Country and V90 station wagon.
The new 90 models, which include the S90 sedan, will fuel 2017 sales.