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by Jez Spinks

The new Volvo V40 has been revealed in official pictures, confirming leaked images of the Swedish brand’s new rival for the Audi A3, BMW 1-Series, Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Volkswagen Golf.

Volvo says the new Volvo V40 will account for about 90,000 annual sales, with Europe taking 85 per cent of production.

The Volvo V40 will be built at the company’s Ghent plant in Belgium, and the five-door hatch is expected to go on sale in Australia in late 2012 or early 2013.

The Volvo V40 will be offered with an extensive choice of petrol and diesel engines, all featuring stop-start and teamed with either manual or automatic gearboxes.

Volvo has released only a few details of the engines, but says a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol T5 model will produce 187kW and propel the Volvo V50 T5 from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds.

The cleanest turbo diesel will have emissions of just 94g/km.

Volvo claims the V40 will offer “class-leading driving dynamics”, which is a big call considering the handling abilities of the rear-wheel-drive BMW 1-Series and the fact the Swedish car maker has yet to lead any vehicle segment in regards to dynamics.

The picture of the Volvo V40 cabin suggests the hatch will have a sufficiently premium interior that builds on the design flair and material quality that has impressed in the XC60 SUV, S60 sedan and V60 wagon.

The Volvo V40 model pictured features stitched leather seats and door trim, with leather applied to other areas such as the steering wheel and handbrake lever.

The instrument panel includes a colour display with digital speedo and tachometer, while a multi-function screen in the centre of the dash is likely to feature interchangeable information such as audio and safety systems.

The safety systems will include Volvo’s City Safety system that can automatically brake the car to a standstill to help avoid a rear-end collision, now from a speed of up to 50km/h (from 30km/h on other Volvos).

Volvo’s Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake system also transfers into the V40, along with other technologies such as active cruise control and lane departure warning.

It’s not yet clear which features would be standard or optional in the Volvo V40 range.

Volvo isn’t expected to replace the C30 three-door coupe, which costs from $36,990.

Pricing for the new Volvo V40 could start from a similar price point to ensure it’s within striking range of the VW Golf while also being competitive against the luxury German hatchbacks.

The 2012 Geneva motor show will also see the unveiling of the new Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class luxury hatchbacks.

Read CarAdvice’s 2012 Geneva motor show preview.

  • gt86.com.au

    I think its refreshing, and a great alternatie in its class. Can’t wait to see one in flesh. Great work from Volvo! far from boring 😀

  • Chilliman

    I’m quite liking the V40. I think the T5 version could make the shortlist for a new car later in the year along with the Focus ST

    • Birty_B

      Why is it a T5 if it’s a four cylinder ? I don’t get it. 

      • Chilliman

        That’s just the naming convention they use – like in the S60/V60 range the T5 is the 177kW 2.0Litre EcoBoost 4 cyl while the T4s the smaller 134kW 1.6Litre EcoBoost 4.

        Where once the ‘5’ meant the number of cylinders now that the 5-cylidner is disappearing (emmissions and all that) the ‘5’ seems to be denoting a higher power level i.e. the T5 has more power than the T4

        • Toby

          It is confusing having two totally different engines using the same nomenclature, but it seems the T5 in the new V40 will be an updated version the 5 pot used in the current S40/V50 T5 and the S60 T5 sold in the USA.  

    • Kampfer

      I’d guess V40 T5 will cost $10k-$15k over the new ST. Likely only able to get base model V40 for ST/GTi money.

      • Chilliman

        You’re probably right – oh well Focus ST it is!

  • Lavs

    Nice looking car. The V30 was bagged for having an overly firm ride, so I hope Volvo have sorted this out with the V40.

  • Rodders

    This “bloody” Volvo looks good! :)

  • NotTheStig

    It looks great.  Less so the writing from Jez…

    “The Volvo V40 model pictured features stitched leather seats and door trim, with leather applied to other areas such as the steering wheel and handbrake lever.”

    Stop the presses !!!

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