2014 Volvo V40 range receives D2 automatic and T2 petrol versions

Article by Anita Panait, on March 15, 2013

2014 Volvo V40 will be having more optional features as well as emit less carbon dioxide pollutants in the air. The Volvo V40 D2 and V40 R-Design D2 could now be ordered with an automatic gearbox paired with the engine. The standard and R-Design versions boast of carbon emissions (EU Combined, preliminary figures) of just 102g/km (72.4mpg).

V40 Cross Country, meanwhile, has carbon emissions of 108g/km (68.9mpg).  As announced at the Geneva auto show, the manual versions of the V40 D2 and V40 D2 R-Design (115hp) now feature reduced carbon emissions from 94g/km to 88g/km (EU Combined), translating into a 4.6mpg improvement in fuel consumption to 83.1mpg.

The manual version of the Volvo V40 Cross Country with the D2 engine has carbon dioxide emissions of 99g/km (74.3mpg). Doug Speck, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group, remarked that by continuously cutting CO2 emissions, Audi demonstrates its leading position within fuel efficiency improvements.

Available on the V40 and V40 R-Design, Volvo introduced a new variant of the four-cylinder, 1.6-litre engine to the range of direct-injected petrol engines. The Volvo V40 T2 engine provides up to 120hp of output and 240 Nm of torque. Carbon dioxide emissions with the manual gearbox are 124g/km (EU Combined, preliminary figures), translating into a fuel consumption of 53.3mpg.

Customers acquiring the 2014 Volvo V40 could choose the Sensus Connected Touch system that features distinct on-line possibilities like voice-activated Spotify.

The Sensus Connected Touch allows connectivity and Internet in the vehicle, turning the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen that can be used even when the driver is wearing gloves. Audi will announce the prices of the new engines, automatic option and Sensus Connected Touch in April.

Chris Benjamin, Design Director at Volvo's Californian studio in Camarillo, northwest of Los Angeles, designed the exterior. He wanted a vehicle that had a wedge form, a high rear, and broad shoulders. He saw it as a blending of a coupé and of a sports wagon. Volvo always did estates proudly and had some characteristic coupés as well. He describes it as a three-dimensional artwork that can be driven.

The smooth outer profile is emphasised by the low-slung and broad highly glossed grille that highlights the vehicle's close-to-the-ground traits. Day LED running lights are placed at the bottom corners of the front, creating a bladed design look. LEDs also illuminate the turn indicators in the door mirrors, rear positioning lights, high positioned back brake light, and rear number plate lights.

Volvo's characteristic V-shaped hood has stronger edges. The broad shoulders reach out from behind the headlights. They also have crisp edges, reminiscent of the escalating waistline. The backdoor’s end arches into a unified hook, a touch heritage from the P1800 coupé.

Theatrical wedge form with broad shoulders

The roof profile also has a wedge shape and adds to the forward leaning posture. Rear tail lights are placed higher, for maximal visibility, and follow the shoulders’ curve. The wide shoulder appearance is an additional Volvo design signature that harkens back to the 1950s Amazon models and was reimagined by Volvo's British design lead, Peter Horbury, on the S80 and V70.

Topics: volvo, volvo v40, engine

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