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The all-new Volvo V40 Cross Country has been revealed ahead of the tough-looking hatchback’s world premiere at the 2012 Paris motor show on September 27.

The official information from the Swedish manufacturer comes just hours after the first images and details of the new model appeared online yesterday.

While not a full-blown XC-series SUV, the Volvo V40 Cross Country adds extra off-road ability to the standard V40 hatch, much like the V70 Cross Country wagon from 1997.

The V40 Cross Country rides 40mm higher than the standard car and features wheels the same size as the V70, up to 19 inches in diameter.

Metal scuff plates and grey plastic front and rear lower bumpers and side skirts increase the Cross Country’s bush-bashing capability, while a honeycomb mesh grille, vertical daytime running lights, black mirror caps and alloy wheels and silver roof rails contribute to a more rugged overall exterior design.

The copper colour scheme continues to the cabin, embracing the centre stack as well as one of five colour options for the leather upholstery.

All-wheel drive is available exclusively in the flagship Volvo V40 Cross Country variant, which is equipped with the brand’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder T5 turbocharged petrol engine. Producing 187kW of power and 400Nm of torque, the auto-only model sprints from 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds and uses 7.8 litres of fuel per 100km on the combined cycle.

Front-wheel drive options include the 132kW/270Nm 1.6-litre GTDi T4 petrol engine as well as three diesels: the 130kW/400Nm 2.0-litre D4, the 112kW/350Nm 2.0-litre D3, and the 84kW/285Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder D2.

All engines are equipped with stop-start technology and brake energy regeneration whether teamed with the six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

All models feature a Hill Hold function, while the all-wheel drive T5 also scores Hill Descent Control, which automatically controls the car’s speed when driving down steep declines.

Volvo Australia says it is keen to bring the all-new Volvo V40 Cross Country down under, and is currently working though potential engine, transmission, specification and pricing details.

The standard Volvo V40 will arrive in local showrooms in the first quarter of 2013, with the Cross Country likely to follow in the short term.

  • Zaccy16

    Interesting they are bring this to aus

    • Able

      Why? Volvo would be mad not to opt into the compact SUV market, even with a jacked up hatchback (though that’s what the horrible Nissan Dualis is and they sell many of them). Should be called XC40 though.

      • Zaccy16

        Because we don’t normally get lots of different model choices in aus

  • bruzzer

    i wonder how much…im keen on one.

    • tonyW

      The big question which know one knows at this point. This is where Volvo Australia could come undone if they don’t get the pricing right. With the V40 now being their “entry level” model with the C30, S40 and V50 all being discountined, they can’t afford having starting prices in the $40k range – its got to be below $40k. Bit worried that the good models – ie V40 T5 AWD etc – could be $60k plus.

  • Frankie

    There is something about volvos new interiors that rub me the right way, love the design

  • Simon

    Looks good (love the shape, and the front reminds me a bit of the Mazda KODO design which isn’t a bad thing) , can see these big a big seller (for Volvo) considering the popularity of the V70 back in the day.

  • Sven

    I like the Volvo, Subaru’s approach keeping 4×4 lower and the same time giving them reasonable clearance. It is friendlier to other road uses by not blocking the view in car parks and traffic also maintains lower point gravity.

  • Tjv82c

    This will probably be my next car… Having gone from the C30 T5 (and loving that engine) to a S60 T5 (now a 4 cylinder engine :-( ) loving the 4 doors and tech features, the AWD V40 seems to combine everything!