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The stylish five-door featured a range of six engines, three gasoline and three diesel. The range-topping T5 gas engine actually gets as much torque as the most powerful diesel option in the line at 295 ft-lbs of torque but is more powerful with 254 hp to the diesel’s 177.
Despite that, the oil-burner is sure to be more efficient and probably a better seller as a result, though there are more efficient options on both the gas and diesle sides. The low-end options are a 1.6-liter inline four in either gas or diesel making 150 hp and 240 ft-lbs of torque or 115 hp and 210 ft-lbs respectively.
The V40 would be a tight-fitting car to some, and probably more expensive than currently-available competition.
Size aside, the Volvo is available with the range of safety features customers know the brand for. Drivers may choose such flagship features as blind spot detection, lane assistance and pedestrian detection among the long list of others.
Drivers more concerned with what’s happening inside their car than on the road will probably appreciate those features. Perhaps more so than that, they might also enjoy the car’s seven mood light settings which are good for adding an extra, though totally unnecessary customization.
The exterior features distinct Volvo style with a wide front, sharp lines and the typical pinched tail lights we’ve come to expect from the brand.
It’s unfortunate that there won’t be any of them for sale in the U.S., but the niche they meet is already well-filled by economy cars like the Ford Focus which offer more interior room and luggage capacity with similar styling.
Sure, it’s not a Volvo, but history has shown us time and time again that luxury hatchbacks struggle in America more often than not.
GALLERY: 2013 Volvo V40
GALLERY: 2013 Volvo V40
The new Volvo V40 might be one of the most attractive hatchbacks that you can’t have. Sorry, but that’s just how it goes. Europeans get the freedom of choice to take a fifth door in elegance, Americans don’t.
Volvo Cars North America head of public relations Geno Effler made an announcement via email that, “the V40 is not coming to the United States.” What’s more, Effler wrote that “the V40 is not replacing an existing model; it is a new model.”
2011 marked the final model year for the Volvo V50 wagon, thus making the aging Volvo XC70 the final station wagon in the Swedish Automaker’s North American line-up. The Swedish automaker’s shift away from offering station wagons that first distinguished the brand to Americans is a strong signal that demand for the practically-minded cars is falling fast in the U.S.
GALLERY: Volvo V40
It seems like no one can wait until the official debuts of vehicles nowadays. The 2013 Volvo V40 has already been teased before ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut, and now we’re getting a real good look at its official photos and even a pair of commercials promoting the upcoming model.
Along with some high quality photos of the new five-door hatchback, this round of leaked photos gives a first look at the V40′s interior, which shows off a lot of new improvements in both design and organization.
The V40 is expected to sport a 1.6L four-cylinder of some sort with anywhere from 120, 150, or 180-hp. We also expect a diesel to be popular in Europe in either 1.6L or 2.0L fashion.
Watch a promo video and a commercial for the V40 below.
GALLERY: 2013 Volvo V40
The five-door sedan is designed to angle in on BMW’s 1-Series and Audi’s A3 Sportback. We’re still waiting for specific details like pricing, the chance for a U.S. release and definite engine specs, but an article we ran in December suggested that several engines might be offered.
Those could include a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 120, 150 or even 180 horsepower and a diesel 1.6-liter or 2.0 liter as well. The new V40 will be 175 inches long and run on a stretched-out version of the C30 platform.
We’ll be reporting from Geneva next month, bringing you the latest details as they emerge.
GALLERY: Volvo V40 spy photos
Stephan Jacoby, Volvo’s CEO, showed the first teaser photos of the car originally rumored to be called the V30. That speculation was corrected today, in fact the car will run as the V40, the same as their mid-90′s station wagon.
Details about a U.S. release and pricing haven’t been discussed yet, but when the car comes to market it will feature a stretched version of the C30 platform, measuring about 175 inches. Initially, the V40 will only come as a hatchback though Jacoby said a 4-door version is still possible.
“It’s basically a new segment for us”, said Volvo spokesman Per-Åke Fröberg in an interview with Sweden’s Dagens Industri.
According to De Telegraaf, a Dutch newspaper, the car will come with different engine options. First, a 1.6-liter four cylinder with the option for 120, 150 or 180 horsepower. Second, a diesel version featuring either a 1.6-liter or 2.0-liter under the hood.
So far it isn’t clear how much the car will cost, but one thing is certain: the V40′s entry marks two other models being discontinued in 2012: the S40 and the V50.