Integrates design cues from the new Volvo XC90.
The Volvo V40 hatchback was first introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, followed by a launch in various markets around the world as a 2013 model year car. It was one of the first models to feature an updated design language that currently influences the S60 and XC60, and, given its entry-level status, is equipped to the brim with technology and safety features.
Fast forward to 2015, and its rivals BMW 1-Series and Mercedes A-Class are launching in their facelifted versions. To keep the competition alive, Volvo would soon have to introduce a mid-cycle refresh for the V40, and when they do, they would be tempted to bring the V40 in line with the design that launched on the Volvo XC90, as depicted by these unofficial renders by Design RM.
The front end gets a more-rounded set of LED headlamps with "Thorhammer" LED DRLs, a smaller version of the XC90's vertical-slat grille housing the new Volvo logo and diagonal slash, and a re-styled lower fascia. While the side remains intact, the rear could feature redesigned LED taillamps and a sportier bumper.
Changes inside could be minimal. Being just a facelift, it may not feature the large 9-inch Sensus touchscreen infotainment system from the XC90, nor the funky Orrefors crystal gear shifter. It may include updates to the interior trim and customization options.
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As the Drive-E range of four cylinder engines is less than two-years old, one can safely expect it to serve the V40 for the rest of its lifecycle and into the next generation. The range includes the D4 Drive-E 4-cylinder twin turbo diesel engine rated at 190 PS and 400 Nm with a six-speed manual transmission or 8-speed Aisin automatic gearbox, and a T5 Drive-E that includes a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine delivering 243 PS and 350 Nm through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
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[Source: Design RM]