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by Tim Beissmann

The first undisguised images of the Volvo V40 have appeared in a Swedish magazine less than three weeks out from the crucial compact hatch’s world premiere at the 2012 Geneva motor show.

The domestic edition of Auto Motor und Sport got its hands on images revealing the car’s exterior styling, including the elegant new take on the Volvo family face and shapely rear end.

The V40 will replace the dated and unpopular S40 sedan and V50 wagon, and is destined to go head to head with the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the Volkswagen Golf.

The all-new five-door hatch will go on sale across Europe later this year before hitting Australian showrooms in early 2013.

The leaked images reveal a rather conservative front-end design. The prominent grille and wraparound headlights draw inspiration from the larger S60/V60 models, while the bumper contours and openings and the bold bonnet give the V40 a character of its own.

From side-on, the new hatch gets slim A-pillars, a shallow glasshouse, a tapered roofline and strong rear guards. The rear features compact pillar-mounted taillights and a curvaceous glass hatch.

Expect more details of the Volvo V40 to be revealed before the start of the Geneva show on March 6.

Follow the link to read more news on the all-new Volvo V40.




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