A lot of rumors have been floating around regarding the new Volvo V40 hatchback, the Swedish automakerís answer to the BMW 1 Series and the upcoming Mercedes Benz A-Class. Now, the official details have finally surfaced.
According to past rumours, the V40 measures 4500mm in length. I got a bit disappointed as this seemed like an oversized hatchback. Thankfully, the V40ís official dimension is 4,369mm (L) x 2,041mm (B, including mirrors) x 2,674mm (H). This makes the car just 44mm longer than the 1 series. On a separate note, the 4500mm length actually refer to the maximum length of the series, which later on would include the S40 sedan, C40 three-door hatch back and XC40 SUV. I am pretty excited about the new S40 sedan as the present model is a handsome compact saloon despite its age.
The petrol line up consists of 3 engine choices. The T3 will be powered by a 1.6L turbo, generating 148bhp with 240Nm of peak torque. Only a 6-speed manual gearbox is available for this model and it completes the century sprint in 8.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of 210km/h. Next up is the T4 with a 1.6L turbo, producing 178 bhp and 240Nm of peak torque. Buyer of the T4 can specify his ride with a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox. In manual guise, the T4 goes from 0 to 100km/h in 7.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 225km/h. The top-of-the-range T5 is propelled by Volvoís 2.5L turbocharged inline-five. It is available exclusively with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. With the additional displacement, the T5 sprints from rest to 100km/h mark in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250km/h.
The diesel range is comprised of 3 engine options as well. The base D2 model is a 1.6L turbo with 113bhp and 270Nm of peak torque. It is linked to a 6-speed manual transmission and goes from zero to 100km/h in a leisurely 12.3 seconds. Up next is the D3, which is powered by a 2.0L turbo five-cylinder that is good for 148bhp with a large 350Nm of peak torque. It can be mated to either a 6-speed automatic or manual gearbox. The manual version completes the century sprint in 9.6 seconds. The D4 is the most powerful diesel of all, pumping out 175 bhp and 400Nm of peak torque from a 2.0L turbo five-cylinder lump. Like the D3, it can be ordered with a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The manual D4 goes from 0 to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds.
Regardless of the engine or transmission you select, it will come fitted with a Start/Stop system as well as a regenerative braking system. The new Volvo V40 will be launched at the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motorshow.