Volvo unveils pricing for V40 R-Design and V40 Cross Country

Article by Anita Panait, on October 10, 2012

Volvo Car UK has disclosed the pricing of its newest vehicles, the Volvo V40 R-Design and Volvo V40 Cross Country.  The V40 R-Design has styling cues derived from the R-Design stable and features re-profiled front bumper and rear diffuser, five-spoke 17" Ixion wheels and silver matt door mirrors. The V40 R-Design also boasts of distinct R-Design embossed nubuck upholstery, sports floor mats, sports steering wheel and pedals.

Coming as standard for the V40 R-Design is a TFT crystal display screen with blue coloring, unique R-Design aluminium trim, illuminated gear-knob and vertical LED day-running lights.

For the ultimate sport luxury sports experience, a buyer could opt for the upgraded R-Design Lux, which, in addition to the standard specification, also features active bending xenon headlights with cleaning system, rain sensor and leather-faced R-Design embossed seats as well as cruise control, keyless start and rear theatre lighting.

The V40 R-Design is available in seven color options, including the Rebel Blue that’s unique to R-Design. The V40 R-Design boasts of class leading carbon dioxide emissions of 94g/km. Starting prices for the V40 R-Design are at £22,295 for the D2 R-Design and £31,390 for T5 Geartronic R-Design Lux Nav.

On the other hand, the V40 Cross Country is targeted towards customers who want a rugged-looking small 5-door hatchback. Coming as standard for the Cross Country SE are autofolding door mirrors with ground lights and black mirror covers, 16" alloy wheels and rain sensor. Other standard features include textile/T-Tec upholstery, tread plates and silver roof rails. A customer could also opt for the upgraded Cross Country Lux version.

This upgraded variant boasts of the same specs as the SE version, yet with additional features like leather-faced upholstery, active bending xenon headlights, 17" alloy wheels, LED day-running lights, rear reading and theatre lighting. Prices for the V40 Cross Country start from £22,595 for the D2 Cross Country SE, and from £33,875 for the T5 Geartronic Cross Country Lux Nav with All-Wheel Drive.

The new Volvo V40 R-Design could be powered by any engine available with the new Volvo V40, like the T5 petrol turbo unit that delivers 254 hp of output. Also available is the D2 diesel mill that generates 115 hp while emitting 94 grams of carbon dioxide per km while consuming just 3.6 liters of diesel fuel per 100 km.

Lex Kerssemakers remarked that a fast-paced life desired by R-Design buyers isn’t just about a driving experience that entails speed and acceleration as agility and precision are also major considerations. He noted that both the standard Dynamic chassis and the optional Sport chassis were developed to offer a best-in-class intense driving experience, whether a customer wanted a V40 that is fuel efficient or quick in terms of acceleration.

Volvo developed the chassis of the new V40 in collaboration with Swedish racing driver Robert Dahlgren of the Volvo Polestar Black R team. Compared to the Dynamic chassis, the available Sport chassis is lower by 10 mm and features firmer settings for its springs and shock absorbers. Likewise, its front McPherson struts now feature 25 mm piston rods for better stiffness, which in turn allows the structure to better absorb lateral loads.

V40 comes with rear monotube dampers, which have advantages that include having compression and return damping functions through the same valve, thereby allowing for shorter and faster fluid flow. In this setup, the damper could respond faster than usual. In addition, the Sport chassis features anti-roll bars with a greater diameter.

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