How the new Volvo V40 looks isn’t such a big secret now that several pictures of the model, including the interior, were leaked out. The pictures show that the five-door V40 derived styling cues from its sister vehicle Volvo XC60 SUV, most notably the front and rear light cluster designs. The Volvo V40 also mirrors the profile of the SUV, although it is smaller.
The V40 is expected to be the first vehicle to be endowed with the company’s new range of modular four-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engines, which could carry no more than 2.0 litres of fuel.
According to Autocar, Volvo will market the V40 to young, active families and will be marked as premium product within the VW Golf class. Volvo expects the V40’s labeling to appeal to the North American market.
The company will unveil the V40 at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, along with baby sports utility vehicle XC40. The V40 will replace both the S40 and V50 in Volvo’s line-up.
Stefan Jacoby, Volvo President and CEO, says that the Volvo V40 is the carmaker’s first-ever C-segment five-door hatchback. He believes that the V40 is a class leader when it comes to many areas, from design, to safety, to driving dynamics, to fuel economy. According to him, the car perfectly illustrates Volvo’s 'Designed Around You' principle as it is a car that’s effortlessly connected to the driver, that’s pleasing and easy to use, that cares for people, and that handles in a highly intuitive way.
The V40’s design is particularly striking, with an exterior that was styled by Chris Benjamin at Volvo's studio in Camarillo. According to Benjamin, he wanted a car that is emotionally engaging and that has the looks of a coupé but with the functionality and practicality of a 5-door hatchback. And with the car’s Pedestrian Airbag Technology, he was able to lower the car’s bonnet line and even bring down the whole car itself.
Volvo V40 is actually lower by 29 mm compared to a C30 coupé, which is one of the road’s lowest hatchbacks. Additionally, the V40’s rear styling is also based on the C30 coupé, which, in turn, had taken cues from the ‘70s classic, the P1800ES.
Moreover, the cabin’s design prioritizes giving a small car a “large car feel.” The V40 has a wide dash, accentuating this “big car feel.” You can select three different instrument displays: the "eco" setting, which helps you drive more economically; the "performance" mode, which better suits a more spirited driving; and the "elegance" mode, which is more classical. A high-tech thin film transistor (TFT) instrument digital display is also available as an option for all Volvo V40 range models.
Lastly, the V40 features hands-free mobile connectivity and Bluetooth music streaming as standard. It also boasts a navigation system that gives you directions through its main instrument cluster, as well as a mobile app that helps you find your car even in a huge car park, that allows you to lock and unlock your car’s doors, and that provides you with a journey log.