Leaked: 2013 Volvo V40

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 23, 2012

The all-new Volvo V40 is finally unveiled in all its glory by Polish magazine Motodziennik before its scheduled launch. The information that we have about this hatchback model had previously only come from teasers and leaks. Its official debut will be at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Just last week, a Swedish magazine displayed leaked images of the V40.

The teaser shown at Volvo’s Facebook page gave away a lot of details as the shadows were removed. The magazine highlights the familial Volvo DNA on the V40, with its hexagonal grille, swept back headlamps, flowing hips, a rising belt line, and full-height hockey-stick taillights.

At the rear, the V40 has a hatch that’s built mostly from glass, reminiscent of the petite C30. Volvo said that the V40 won’t be offered in the U.S. but this isn’t unexpected when you consider that the brand has phased out the poor-selling V50 wagon in the U.S.

Volvo hasn’t confirmed the details yet but it’s believed that the V40 will be available with 1.4- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, optional all-wheel drive, and Volvo’s City and Pedestrian Safety systems.

A new Scalable Platform Architecture will be used on the all-new Volvo V40. This will soon be used on most of Volvo’s upcoming models. According to older reports, the V40 is 177.2 inches long.

If this is true, it means that it would be one foot longer than a Volkswagen Golf, nearly a foot longer than its fiercest rival (the outgoing Audi A3), and only 0.8 inches shorter than the outgoing Volvo V50.

Topics: volvo, volvo v40

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