We like Volvo, from the old boxy but good designs straight on through to the latest S60 mid-sizer. But there's no denying the fact that the swoopier designs – let's call it New Volvo – it's been producing the last several years are more appealing to the masses than its historic bricks. The C30, to our eyes at least, is still an interesting machine. It has, however, been on the market for the better part of six years now years now, prompting the Swedish automaker to prepare its replacement.

Rather than stick with the three-door body-style, however, Volvo is apparently preparing to kill two (make that three) birds with one proverbial stone: standing in for the C30, S40 and V50 will be an all-new V40.

The five-door hatch/sportwagon is tipped to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, but discounting some spy shots of a heavily disguised prototype, this is the first official glimpse Gothenburg has given us. The likes of the Audi A3 and Lexus CT 200h will undoubtedly be watching to see if they've got anything to worry about, but from what we've seen so far, it looks like this will be one of those New Volvo products worth waiting for.


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      01nb
      • 3 Years Ago
      That silhouette is giving me wood. If the picture I'm drawing in my mind looks anything like what is under that cover, I might just have to put one of these in my garage next to my 11 JSW TDi...
        Kevin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @01nb
        My jeans got tighter too. Volvo continues to understands our need for swoopy cool practical sporty wagons and is willing to sell them here.
          Kevin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kevin
          Make that "understand", not "understands". You'll have to forgive me, I only learned English in childhood.
      MikeInNC
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I can fit a road bike in the back with the seats down, this is likely my next car. I had the last S40 and it was a great ownership experience but I've always been partial to the 5 door design. Yes, the V50 was available but wasn't quite what I wanted in the design. This looks to be a bit more aggressive looking though so, bring it on!
      Mike Tramontano
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow... this looks really promising
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Geekengineer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm curious about potential drivetrains available in the US. I like the design language of the current crop of Volvos, and I prefer hatchbacks and wagons. So, this new V40 might be one to strongly consider purchasing when I'm in the market in the next year and a half.
      Pdexter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking great for what you can see. I hope they have done a bit of shaping on the front. General shape is ok/good, but the light arrangement needs to be fixed.
      Alex740
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like that there is a prominent upright grille! Hopefully this front end is better than the S60's, less swoopy and more stately like older Volvos and that beautiful concept car they had a couple months back
      Michael C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like the front end could end up looking like the new B-Class. This car will probably compete with the A- and B-Classes.
      waetherman
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks a little tall for a wagon - more crossover height. Maybe it's just a trick of the draping though. The profile is certainly nice, like a more sophisticated and stylish version of a Subaru Outback. Hopefully this gets Volvo back in the wagon game in a big way, since the last few years have been pretty bleak for them, with all their focus going to the crossover segment (with limited success).
      ufgrat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog... This is *not* a C30 replacement. It's the start of the new "40" series. "This means the C30 is axed?" "The C30 will be in addition. The C30 has three doors, this car will have more than three doors.." But that's only if you bothered to listen to the Volvo CEO talking about the picture you posted. Looks pretty sharp, though.
      EWarner
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful. Makes me miss my Volvo even more. Gave up my car with a move into Philadelphia. This might be the perfect excuse to get one again. I was at first very hesitant about the Chinese acquiring Volvo, but they really are investing in the company in a way Ford never did. Giving its products new refreshing life, and moving the brand upscale.
      Jerry Teets
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good from what we can see, but will we even get it? With Audi not bringing the new A3 in 5 door form, the list is getting shorter for us wagon guys.
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