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Award-winning Volvo XC40 Inscription makes North American debut

New luxury model unveiled at the New York International Auto Show

The most luxurious iteration of Volvo’s new compact SUV – the XC40 Inscription – made its North American debut today at the New York International Auto Show.

The Inscription trim offers an enhanced cabin experience, with standard equipment including an Orrefors Crystal gear shift, Harman Kardon Premium Audio, ergonomically designed leather seats and driftwood inlays. Also standard on the XC40 Inscription are 18″ 6-spoke black diamond cut wheels.

The upscale new model comes on the heels of the automotive maker’s first European Car of the Year award for the small SUV.

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“Winning this award with our new XC40 is perfect timing,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. “Volvo now has three globally available SUVs in its range for the first time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further growth, taking us into a new and fast-growing small SUV segment.”

Early orders in excess of 20,000 cars across Europe and the US indicate that this is an appealing combination for customers. The XC40 roll-out will soon extend to China – the world’s biggest car market – where Volvo is expecting similar strong interest.

In 2017, the company announced its commitment to electrify all Volvo Cars launched from 2019. In line with this leadership position in electrification, a hybridised as well as a pure electric powertrain option for the XC40 will be added later.

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“We have a clear strategy for growth and we are committed to leading in automotive safety, connectivity services and electrification,” said Håkan Samuelsson. “The XC40 reflects that commitment, and looking at the response from our customers and from the Car of the Year jury, we are on the right track.”

The XC40 Inscription will arrive in Canadian showrooms in the fall of 2018 as a model year 2019.

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