Volvo V40 Cross Country

27 Sep, 2012 9:30am Richard Ingram

Volvo has unveiled its new V40 Cross Country, which gets a higher ride and bigger wheels

The new Volvo V40 Cross Country has taken centre stage at the Paris Motor Show. Based on the V40 hatch, the Cross Country gets a 40mm increase in ground clearance, larger alloy wheels and chunkier bumpers.

Changes to the cabin are minimal, with an exclusive copper interior colour the only difference between the new car and the rest of the V40 range.

The flagship T5 is the only model to get four-wheel drive. It will be powered by a 250bhp 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine and comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox only. The rest of the regular V40 engine range is available with front-wheel drive, confirming the model's place as a crossover, rather than a mud-plugging SUV.

The most efficient engine will be the 113bhp D2 diesel, which claims 74.3mpg and emits 99g/km of CO2. Two more powerful diesels, with 148bhp or 175bhp; and a 177bhp 1.6-litre petrol, will also be offered.

Prices are expected to start at around £19,500 when the car arrives next January.