Volvo went ahead and unveiled a couple of features and pictures on its facelifted V40 hatchback.
For our North American readers, yes this 2017 Volvo V40 is indeed coming next year to our shores. According to Volvo earlier Tuesday evening, Volvo officially took the digital wraps off its facelifted Volvo V40 Hatch. This new look brings the V40 in-line with the rest of the Volvo lineup and gives us an idea of what we’ll be getting next year in our showrooms. Take a look at this svelte swede hatch below.
In Europe, the V40 can be optioned out with your choice of three diesels or three gasoline engines. The way Diesel regulations are playing out, we assume Volvo will only throw us the gas engine offerings. Their least powerful T2 gas engine has just 122 HP and 162 lb-ft with a slightly more powerful T3 engine with 152 HP and 184 lb-ft. The hottest gas engine is their T5 with 245 HP and 350 lb-ft. A variant of that motor can be found in the XC90.
Showcased on this update is Volvo’s new mesh grille sporting a more pronounced company logo A.K.A. “The Iron Mark.” Keen eyes will notice that the headlights now sport those iconic “Thor’s Hammer” style lighting. Volvo says this makes the front end more confident looking.
For 2017, five new colors have been unveiled including Amazon Blue, Denim Blue, Bursting Blue, Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand (where sensing a theme here.)
Inside, the driver and passenger chairs take a hint from the Volvo Concept Estate and incorporate a distinct pattern they’ve dubbed ‘City Weave’ which can be found on the steering wheel as well. Volvo now has a couple of new interior panel trims, accent trims in the doors and an optional black headliner. If you opt for the R-Design, you’ll get a couple of custom door sill plates.
Volvo was proud to announce that they’ll be offering their CleanZone technology which pre-filters any air coming into the passenger cabin, a feature that might be useful for its overseas markets.
The Volvo V40 is Volvo’s second most popular car globally and has garnered rave reviews from plenty of auto journalists. If the shape looks familiar, it’s because this car shares its platform with the Ford Focus (and Escape, Lincoln MKX and the C-Max.) As such, it rides well and has plenty of sport. At its heart, it’s a premium hot hatch that Americans will love.
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No official announcement from Volvo when this hits our shores but we’ll keep our ear to the ground when they reveal more details during the Geneva International Motor Show.