Volvo has given its V40 hatchback a makeover, with new styling tweaks both inside and out. The revised model has just been revealed in the metal at the Geneva Motor Show, and will be in dealer showrooms soon priced from around £20k. Customer deliveries are promised to start in June.
The facelifted V40 takes much of its new style from the Swedish brand’s latest ’90 Series’ cars, the full line-up of which now includes the S90 saloon, recently revealed V90 estate and our current Car of the Year, the XC90 SUV.
Naturally, the facelift includes Volvo’s ‘Thor’s Hammer’ running lights, which sweep across the light clusters, a larger Volvo 'Iron Mark' badge on the grille and a better-integrated radar sensor that’s used by the automatic braking system and adaptive cruise control. The Cross Country model is still equipped with black plastic cladding along the bottom edges and a taller ride height. Other design tweaks on both the hatchback and XC crossover are few and far between, so the car’s sweeping lines and neat rear end largely remain the same.
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The V40 will be available in five colours – four of which are blue. Along with Mussel Blue, Bursting Blue and the Luminous Sand finishes seen on other Volvo cars, the newcomer can be had in Amazon Blue and Denim Blue. Eight alloy wheel choices will also be available between the standard V40, R-Design and Cross Country variants.
Inside, new seat upholstery called ‘City Weave’ can be specified, along with new interior panel trims for the dashboard. R-Design versions feature the same chunky bodykit and sportier alloy wheels, and will benefit from new door sill tread plates inside. The V40 will also be treated to a top-of-the-range Inscription trim, just like the Volvo XC90, along with the brand’s Volvo On Call service.
Little detail is given regarding the updated V40’s engine range, so expect the same D2, D3 and D4 diesels and T2, T3 and T5 petrol engines. It is worth noting that the most efficient diesel, the D2, now emits 5g/km less CO2 than the outgoing version, at 89g/km.
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