Heico jacks up Volvo V40 Cross Country to create XC40

Filed under: Aftermarket, Wagon, Crossover, Volvo, Luxury

Volvo XC40 rendering

Because life isn’t fair, we don’t get the stylish wagon known as the Volvo V40 in the United States. That means we don’t get its soft-roading cousin, the V40 Cross Country. So, naturally, if Volvo tuner Heico Sportiv ever produces this ruggedized, XC-styled V40 Cross Country, it most certainly wouldn’t cross the pond, either.

That makes us sad, because despite holding a tiny bit of contempt for small luxury crossovers, this is a very, very cool looking vehicle. It’s just a render right now, but Heico Sportiv is looking to offer the kit to V40 Cross Country owners who want a smaller version of the Volvo XC60.

Converting a V40 CC into an XC40 would start with some suspension tweaks. The ride height would be raised by just over an inch, in order to improve the looks of the soft-roader and deliver a more CUV-like ingress and egress. New shocks would also be fitted, as well. Wheel-arch extensions were also added to complete the look.

Engine mods are kept to a minimum for the petrol engine, with the turbocharged five-cylinder moving from 254 horsepower to 268 ponies. The 2.0-liter, five-cylinder diesel, though, gets a bigger bump, moving from 150 hp to 195. Finally, cars with the factory paddle shifters would get new units, milled from aluminum.

What do you think? Is this a car that you would consider? Should Volvo just offer a XC40 from the factory? Take a look at the press release, and then have your say in Comments.

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