Our spy photographers have manged to lay lenses on the new Volvo V40 as engineers put the vehicle through a little cold-weather testing. Until just recently, we'd heard that the five-door version of the C30 would be called the V30, but Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby has confirmed that the model will actually come wearing V40 badges.

Whatever they call it, Volvo is hoping the new machine will be capable of giving the Audi A3 Sportback and BMW X1 a run for their respective Euros. Details are understandably scarce at the moment, though we feel safe assuming the V40 will debut with a range of gasoline and diesel engine options.

The most potent of that bunch will likely be a 240-horspeower turbocharged four-cylinder that puts power to the front wheels... which certainly sounds like a good time to us. So far, Volvo hasn't said word one about an all-wheel-drive variant, though there's some indication that a plug-in hybrid may show its face in the near future.


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      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      U.S. please. Thanks!
        ZOZ
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        I believe it'll come. Now even the companies with are not known for their wagons are thinking about them in NA. Personally I prefer a hatchback or SUV (depending on my needs) but why not offering them to those who want it?
      joe23521
      • 3 Years Ago
      This really appeals to me. The teaser shot a few days ago was pure sex. I may just be in the market for something like this in the next year or two.
      pickles
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm pretty excited about this model. We've looked for a while for something to replace our 10 year old 3-series wagon. After looking at CT 200h, Countryman, A3, Golf, Jetta Sportwagen, Prius, Mazda3, nothing has the balance we've sought. The Volvo V40 though, sounds pretty great. Especially if it gets great mileage and dabbles in the near-luxury realm. I just hope that melted, droopy front end they've been using gets a style update to look a little more Swedish-strong.
      Ed
      • 3 Years Ago
      I say it every time I see more photos. I want one. And I want it with the armor. I work in Baltimore.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice - the XC60 and later the new S60 give hope to Volvo as an alternate to BMW and Audi. Hopefully a new S80 is on the way as well. Regarding the V40 though, it would have been better to name it the V30..
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sooo....that whole rear hatch looks like a giant cover. In the second photo you can see the reflection off the panel, making me think that hatch will stay true to the current C30's enormous rear window.
      JF
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another wagon victim of the hatchback syndrome.
        Tom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JF
        I understand the vote-down, since this particular hatchback is shaping up to be rather awesome, all the style of the XC60 without the needless bulk ... but at the same time, I also get your point as a general matter; Moray Callum's Mazda3 hatchback was such a successful design that it transformed the entire marketplace, and all manufacturers went to hatchbacks instead of wagons. Obviously, a wagon yields the most interior space for the footprint. And it's annoying how markets often evolve in such lockstep, that trends like this emerge and lead to astoundingly stupid designs like the Accord Crosstour (which, due to its trendy sloping backlight, has less cargo space than a Fit).
      icerabbit
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those wanting a true wagon (think no longer imported V50), the hatchback trunk is disappointing. That rear bumper & floor look to be pretty high up? (compared to the average wagon & van). Any hybrid tech hiding in the trunk?