A Volvo XC40 transformed into an Alpine franchiser with tracks instead of wheels? You are not dreaming, it is indeed a reality. This prototype made in China is named XC40 Polar Edition, and seems to have been imagined with the help of singer Hua Chenyu, local Volvo ambassador.
The Volvo XC40 of the snow-capped mountains
Little information circulates on this new model, which adopts a specific look. The tracks are made of high strength military aluminum or rubber. At the front, a black plastic element is placed on the end of the hood, just above a solid grille. In particular, it allows the engine to be cooled.
On the bumpers, gold and black tow hooks complete the look, while “Mars Light” lights are integrated in the front. They are also arranged around the roof box which overhangs the XC40, already very high thanks to the tracks.
A polar 4×4 but not electric
Inside, the steering wheel and the door panels are adorned with details in white carbon and white fabric, also placed on the top of the dashboard to stay in the “polar” theme. The upholstery mixes black and white. For the photos, a snowboard was placed in the back seat.
Despite the full grille, it would not be a Recharge Twin electric model but a classic XC40 T4, fitted with a 190 hp 2.0 turbo petrol engine. According to our Chinese colleagues from Autohome, the XC40 Polar Edition continues to use the original MacPherson independent front suspension, but strengthens the connecting rods and shafts of the front wheel to tackle rougher terrain without difficulty.
A nod to the Peugeot 406 from Taxi 3?
This XC40 Polar Edition seems far enough from small or large series production, and should remain as a prototype. Nevertheless, it is reminiscent of the scene from the movie Taxi 3, where Daniel’s Peugeot 406 is transformed into a monster franchiser equipped with tracks to follow skiers in the heart of the Alps.
Source : Autohome.com