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by Tim Beissmann

The interior of the all-new Volvo V40 has been revealed just days out from the highly anticipated premium hatchback’s world premiere at the Geneva motor show.

The leaked images reveal an attractive, modern cabin that combines traditional Volvo design elements with futuristic displays and high quality materials.

The instrument cluster is dominated by a large digital tachometer and speedo, with red lighting giving the small car a sporting theme.

Other highlights include the high-mounted central display, and the appealing mix of dark plastics, cream leather upholstery and satin chrome trim borders and inserts. The frameless glass rear-view mirror is another delicate contributor to the classy cabin ambiance.

The new exterior images reveal every angle of the Volvo V40, which is the first conventional hatchback from the Swedish brand, replacing the S40 sedan and V50 wagon.

The new model is expected to undercut the price of the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series and Mercedes-Benz A-Class when it hits Australian showrooms early in 2013.

The V40’s powertrain details remain a secret, although a range of fuel-efficient four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will be offered around the world. All will be revealed at Geneva on March 6 – or earlier if the leaks continue to trickle out.




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