Volvo XC60, V40 models next in line for Polestar versions

Article by Christian A., on August 22, 2014

Volvo is planning to expand its lineup of Polestar models and according to the latest rumors the Swedish manufacturer is currently deciding if it will work on the V40 or the XC60. Volvo already offers the Polestar S60 sedan and V60 estate models but wants to improve sales of its high-performance offerings.

Previous reports said that Volvo was planning a V40 Polestar but according to company’s powertrain boss Derek Crabb this is not true. Why? Because each of the individual markets want a different model such as a V40, XC60 or S60.

Still, the company considers that it can’t do it commercially and needs to rationalize that. If the current Polestar models from Volvo are powered by a six-cylinder engines that develops 350 hp, the upcoming models will get a high-performance version of the four-cylinder Drive-E powerplant.

The latest addition in the Polestar lineup was the V60 Polestar. Just like the S60 Polestar, the V60 is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged T6 engine that generates 350 hp (257 kW) and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque.

The engine is bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission fitted with a new paddle shift system that delivers the power to through the Polestar-developed Haldex four-wheel drive system. The model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, while top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph).

Volvo is introducing the all-new Volvo V40 sporty five-door hatchback that offers higher levels of ride handling, safety and fuel efficiency in its class. Even though it is a hatchback, the V40 boasts of a stunning coupe-like design, employing styling cues from the C30 coupé and classic P1800ES Volvo.

The carmaker paid special attention to the V40’s handling and agility as well as steering feel and ride comfort, leading its engineers to confidently believe that the new hatchback is now the benchmark for dynamic fineness in its class.

As a Volvo creation, the V40 is laden with a number of advanced safety elements. For instance, the new V40 is laden with the groundbreaking Pedestrian Airbag Technology and the Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake. These two innovative technologies help ensure the all-new Volvo V40 could offer high levels of protection for both its occupants and pedestrians.

The new V40 is the first vehicle to employ the new Pedestrian Airbag that inflates from under the rear edge of the hood as soon as the hatchback senses that a pedestrian has been hit. This raises the bonnet, a configuration that cushions the unfortunate pedestrian upon impact. In addition, the airbag protects the head of the unfortunate pedestrian from the "hard points" located at the base of the windscreen and the lower A-pillars.

Interestingly, the 14 percent and more than 25 percent of all traffic fatalities in Europe and China, respectively, are pedestrians.

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