The entry level flag bearer of Volvo might not be popular in the Indian market but this definitely is one of the popular small cars when we talk about some other International markets of the World. Volvo introduced the V40 hatchback in the year 2012 and it came and relieved theS40 off its duty which was actually doing was performing its task since 1995. The new hatchback was actually introduced to take on the likes of some other entry level premium offerings from different auto manufacturers like BMW, Audi and Mercedes.
The Volvo V40 is based on global C platform which was actually developed for compact cars. After the successful stint in the market Volvo decided to introduce a Cross Country version of the hatchback as well in the year 2013 which actually came with some additional protective body panels, slightly bigger wheels and an increased ride height. The Cross Country variant was launched in India back in the year 2013.
The V40 hatchback on the other hand was introduced later and it actually was offered with only a single D3 Turbo diesel unit which is paired to a 6 speed automatic gearbox that sends power to the front wheels. Now after almost 5 years of its existence, Volvo has decided to introduce the facelift variant of the hatchback. As you all already would have expected the updates are cosmetic and unfortunately it has not actually received any mechanical upgrades under its hood. However there are talks that Volvo will launch the new generation V40 soon.
Now before arriving in the Indian market Volvo will showcase the new facelift hatchback at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Motor Show. But you actually don’t have to wait that long because we are providing you with all the details of the facelift V40 in this article.
Update 16.12.2016:- Volvo has launched the updated V40 in India. The prices and other details has been updated in this article
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The most obvious changes that you will notice towards the front profile of the hatchback is that it now gets that much talked about and appreciated T shaped DRL’s lamps integrated in the headlamp unit. Volvo calls it ‘Thor’s Hammer’, so what it has actually done is that it has given the V40 hatchback much more confident and bold stance. These new headlamps are actually taken from the Swedish auto maker’s new 90 series car lineup which now includes the XC90 and the soon to be launched S90. Apart from the headlamp update the V40 also gets new grille meshes which actually are highlighted by the more prominent appearing Volvo Iron mark.
The other updates to the exterior includes addition of five new exterior colors which includes Amazon Blue and Denim Blue both these colors are complete new while the rest of three colors are available in some of the other Volvo cars which includes Bursting Blue, Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand. Those who love Blue will really be happy to find so many shades of Blue. For the first time the V40 actually received new ‘rank marks’ which until now was available with some more premium offerings like the XC90. The V40 also gets visualizing trim levels and an option of exciting eight new wheel options across the V40 range including the R-Design and V40 Cross Country models.
Apart from all the above mentioned changes which may not look like much, the V40 hatchback remains identical to the pre-facelift variant. However you all have to agree that the Volvo V40 is definitely one of the most stylish premium entry level hatches available in International market right now.
The interior of the new V40 facelift received completely new upholstery called ‘City Weave’ that has been inspired from the Volvo Concept Estate. This new upholstery will available along with a new Charcoal/Blond steering wheel option. The other cosmetic updates include new interior panels which are also offered in Milled Aluminium, Black Grid Aluminium and Stealth Aluminium. Accent trim colors available with the door insert. For the first time Volvo is also offering contrast stitching on the door inserts, this is also the first time that Volvo is offering a black headliner as an option.
Talking about the technical updates the facelift hatchback gets Volvo on Call smartphone app which actually provides remote access over many in car features. There is Volvo On Call which delivers wearable connectivity. Other updates to this connectivity includes calendar integrate function, navigation function, Another interesting feature which was installed in the new V40 hatchback CleanZone technology which actually filters all the air that is entering the cabin via the panel air vents.
There are no changes made to the drivetrain part though, the V40 hatchback is available with 2 petrol engine and 2 diesel engine options for the International market. But As far as our Indian market is concerned Volvo will continue with the same In-line 4-cyl. twin turbo diesel 2.0 Liter D4 diesel unit which is actually capable of producing about 190 Hp of peak power at 4250 rpm and 400 Nm of torque in between 1750 to 2500 rpm. The engine will be paired to an automatic gearbox.
When it comes to safety there is actually no competition for Volvo and be it their top end models or their entry level offering Safety has always been the top priority for this Swedish Auto maker. The V40 has been stacked with Park Assist Pilot which actually helps making parallel parking easy, Lane Keeping Aid which actually helps the driver stay on the lane, Blind Spot Information System this actually can alert the driver if a vehicle is approaching up to 70 m behind the car, Cross Traffic Alert , Road Sign Information, Active High Beam, Adaptive Cruise Control & Distance Alert, Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection technology.
Apart from all the above mentioned safety features the V40 hatchback also gets world’s first Pedestrian Airbag Technology, City Safety and Driver Alert Control.
The 2017 Volvo V40 hatchback has been Priced in range from INR. 27.2-29.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Mercedes Benz A Class is perhaps the appropriate competitor of the all new Volvo V40 hatchback. Mercedes recently launched the facelift A Class in India, available in India with single petrol as well diesel engine options. The diesel variant is powered by the A 180 d BlueEFFICIENCY Edition which actually can cover 100 km with just 3.5 Litres of fuel.
Volvo may not have showered the facelift V40 with sea of changes but this mild updates has definitely given one of their best selling products new lease of life. The V40 hatchback is available with only a diesel drivetrain as of now but you can also expect a petrol motor perhaps to enter the Indian market when Volvo decided to introduce the facelift V40 later in 2016.
We will definitely update you all with more information and images as soon as it is available with us.