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It’s only a matter of time until the Volvo XC40 appears on a dealership showroom near you because production has already begun in Ghent, Belgium. Well at least the wait will be short for some of you as MotorTrend claims they aren’t expected to arrive in U.S. dealerships until late spring next year.

At least the small premium SUV is well worth the wait since it’s the first vehicle to sit on Volvo’s new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA). In fact, said platform developed in collaboration with Geely Auto will underpin a range of future models.

Initially, the XC40 will be offered with an AWD, T5 turbocharged four-cylinder engine powered variant delivering 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Other powertrains like the D4 AWD will come at a later date with the T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid arriving in 2019.

Buyers are already interested in the new XC40 with Volvo receiving more than 13,000 orders, a number the Ghent facility should be able to handle. In preparation of the XC40 and its platform, the production plant has been heavily invested into. The body shop has grown by 8,000 square metres and there are 363 new robots to help with assembly.

Though they may not arrive in the States until May next year, you can still put in an order early.
 

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Given what's known about this production plant I have a lot of confidence in what we will eventually see. Anyone happy with build quality of the V40, S60 and the new XC60 should be happy with the XC40.
 

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Are those 13,000 orders made globally or just one country? Because that's a long wait for a new XC40 is interest is so high even though the plant has received an upgrade for higher output.
 
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