Some automakers try their damnedest to keep their new products under wraps until they're good and ready to show it to the world. (And of those, some succeed more than others.) Others, meanwhile, steadily leak out photos and details – through official channels or back ones – to keep us hooked. We're not quite sure which approach Volvo meant to take with its all-new V40, but we do know we've seen more of this car that's yet to be released than we've seen of others that have. This, however, is our best look at the new Swedish hatch yet.

Ostensibly, this new V40 could replace the C30 hatchback, S40 sedan and V50 wagon in one fell swoop, but we probably won't know more until the Geneva Motor Show. These leaked images come courtesy of the Facebook page of Motoryzacyjny – a Polish car mag whose name this blogger, for all his Eastern European shtetl roots, can't pronounce any better than the rest of you – and it shows us what appears to be a rather shapely sports hatch that aims to give the likes of the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series a run for their money.

Of course, since the range has not yet been officially launched, we've yet to receive word on whether the V40 will make the transatlantic voyage forged by its Viking ancestors to the New World in which we live, but one can hope. One can certainly hope.

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      Erik Tomlinson
      • 3 Years Ago
      All wheel drive, manual, and the T5 motor and we're set, guys.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Erik Tomlinson
        Yes! Then make a "R40 Polestar " with 400hp. Wait, Ken Block might get his hand on one of those.
      • 3 Years Ago
      P1800 scoop above rear door handle. This is much more successful a design element for Volvo to own, than the bulbous nose on their Concept Universe that was supposed to recall the 544. That whole front end has a surprisingly large number of creases around the headlights and even going up onto the hood. Still a beautiful car
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bakr Odeh
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring it to the USA with AWD and Manual transmission and you'll have yourself a sale
      • 3 Years Ago
      A Volvo with some style/swag? WTF? Nice work! Don't forget the power. Put 200HP in it, and you will be rolling in orders..... BD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've said it before and I'll say it again, that exterior is basically a Focus 5-door. I can't really blame Volvo for going there, the Focus is among the best-looking shapes in production right now...
      • 3 Years Ago
      pretty handsome car...looks like they're paying homage to the P1800 with that subtle upward crease in the beltline. niceee :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nicer looking with each "reveal" though I'm still in love with the C30 3-door design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very nice looking, front end looks a bit more mature than the S60. Considering how successful the S60 has been, I'm sure this will steal some 1-series and A3 sales. I assume we will see and XC spin-off and perhaps a sedan as well to fill out the line up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this does not come to the US, I will literally cry.
      • 3 Years Ago
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oscar, while it is true that this car is built on a modified "C1" platform, the "C1" platform dates back to the late 90's where it began as "P1", Volvo Cars next generation small car. When Ford purchased Volvo Cars, excutives made the decision to utilize what Volvo Cars had started for the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus. This "C1" platform underpins Volvo Cars current C70, C30, S40, V50, the all new 2013 V40, Ford's Focus and Capri, Land Rover's Ranger Evoque and Land Rover LR2/Freelander and the Mazda 3 and Mazda 5.
          Charles Houghton
          • 3 Years Ago
          ford capri? but there hasn't been a ford capri since '86 ('94 if you count the australian one)
        • 3 Years Ago
        I just remember there being an article about this car in which it didn't seem clear whether or not this was based off a Ford platform or and entirely new one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks good but they can't be serious about these aftermarket parts..they ruin the otherwise great design
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