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2013 Volvo V40

With just a few days before the car’s official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Volvo has finally decided to reveal the official details on the new generation V40. The new V40 will be replacing two existing models - the S40 and the V50 - and will compete with models like the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-Series .

"The all-new V40 is the first new model that is fully developed according to our human-centric, Designed Around You strategy. Charged with an outstanding set of high-tech features it definitely will give our toughest competitors a headache," says Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volvo Car Corporation.

The new five-door hatchback’s engine line-up starts with the brand’s very first diesel engine that boasts CO2 emissions of 94g/km. The lineup then extends to the turbocharged T5 petrol engine with 254 HP and an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds.

UPDATE 02/28/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the Volvo V40.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Volvo V40.

Exterior and Interior

Volvo V40

The company paid meticulous attention to every detail on the new VOlvo V40 so that the final product would be modern, sleek, and sporty. The interior was designed around the driver and features a new, fully graphic instrument cluster with personalized layout and information.

"Thanks to input from customers all over the world our most compact V-range model features an outstanding blend of design, safety, and versatility. The car is loaded with features that buyers of modern luxury cars want," explains Stefan Jacoby.

Engine

Volvo V40

The Volvo V40 is powered by a wide range of engines, starting with the brand’s very first diesel engine that boasts CO2 emissions of 94g/km. The lineup then goes to the turbocharged T5 petrol engine with 254 HP and an acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. All engine versions feature start-stop and braking energy regeneration, whether they are fitted with a manual or an automatic gearbox.

The safety systems for the V40 include Volvo Car Corporation’s groundbreaking Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, the world-first pedestrian airbag, Lane Keeping Aid with haptic auto steering, and an ingenious Park Assist Pilot that makes parallel parking easy.

Prices

Volvo V40

The new Volvo V40 will go on sale in May 2012, with prices being announced at a later date. Volvo plans to sell about 90,000 units a year.

Competition

Volvo V40

Volvo has promised that the new "V40 is ready to overtake the competition in the Premium Hatchback class with sharpened features and characteristics from larger Volvos wrapped in a sleek, compact package."

This means that models like the Audi A3 and the BMW 1-Series will have to face a new, serious competitor. The new generation Audi A3 will also make its world debut on Geneva’s show floor. It will be built on an entirely new platform, featuring a completely new design and a range of 1.2, 1.4, 1.8, and 2.0-liter turbo petrol units. These engines will deliver between 105bhp and 210bhp. Audi will also include 1.6 and 2.0-liter TDI engines producing up to 170 HP. The BMW BMW 1-Series has also been refreshed for the 2012 model year. It comes with a choice of two latest-generation four-cylinder petrol engines and three radically redesigned four-cylinder diesel units.

Volvo V40
LOVE IT
  • Lots of safety measures
  • Looks pretty good
  • Impressive engine line-up
LEAVE IT
  • No performance figures just yet
  • Audi and BMW are always tough competitors



13 comments:

For sure, this will be a success if they finally made their decision about re-painting process to achieve better appearance.

For sure, this will be a success if they finally made their decision about re-painting process to achieve better appearance.

Once it gets a tougher paint job, maybe it’ll bring out well.

This model is an addition to their iconic models.

I like its design, but my liking for it can be developed further once it gets a better paint job.

They are the icon for sedans and luxury cars. Volvo v40 is the most talked about in the town this year. They always create something worth remembering.

It’s great that a public consultation is occurred before they started the project. And as the expected result will be good, but it turned out the best.

A lot of safety measures are also included in this model like pedestrian detection, lane keeper, Park assists, and the most surprising to hear is the pedestrian airbag which is the first in its kind.

The headlamps make it cool to look at especially on the overview photo. The hood linings, the bumper is well enough, and the sun roofing system is also great in this V40. 

This is fabulous. It is a five-door hatchback, and yet it’ll be unveiled in Geneva Motor Show. I’d rather check my Facebook account to search for more pictures from V40.

It looks so exciting to know what was really the exterior of this Volvo. The changes so far was not that clear to identify, but I do hope it will looks great and beyond expectations.

Is it really the design of this Volvo car? It looks weird, and I hate it. I suggest that cut that white and black design on the exterior because it looks like there’s always a snow. 

What’s with the wheels? Is it just the snow, or is it a design? Very confusing. Haha. Back to V40, it is really stunning and very updated. I am hoping to see more of this car as it was said that it is a smaller version of V60.

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