The white cloth covering the V40 leaves a lot to the imagination but one can assume that it will bear some resemblance to the larger V60. However, let’s hope that the Swedish designers are more hardworking and give the V40 its distinct styling cues. The V40 will be based on a development of the front-drive ‘P1’ platform. It is set to replace both the S40 and V50 in Volvo’s line-up, and will form the base for the next generation three-door C30. Volvo will also launch a baby SUV, called XC40 and will be based on an all-wheel-drive version of the P1 platform. According to reports, a four-door version of the V40 for China is another possibility, a car which would be a direct replacement for the S40. In my opinion, a new S40 would be a wise choice to go up against the upcoming all-new Audi A3 sedan.
Expect the V40 to be powered by a range of four cylinder diesel and petrol engines featuring direct injection and turbocharging technologies. These engines are Volvo’s new range of modular four-cylinder VEA (Volvo Environmental Architecture) engines, which will be no greater than 2.0 litres in capacity. Dual clutch ‘Powershift’ transmission is almost a given.