All-new Volvo '40 series' family teased ahead of this week's reveal; V40 and XC40 expected

The all-new Volvo V40 and XC40 are believed to have been officially pictured for the second time in teasers released on Snapchat - although Volvo hasn't confirmed any details of the cars beyond hinting that they belong to the brand's smallest family of models, the '40 series'. 

Volvo has revealed its new concepts. View the V40 concept here, and the XC40 concept here.

A Volvo spokesperson could not specify what type of car the concepts would be when contacted by Autocar, but it is known that Volvo will reveal two separate concept cars this week. It was also confirmed that the two cars will sit on the all-new CMA platform, which has been co-developed with Volvo owner Geely and will underpin Volvo's smallest model range. CMA is designed to be premium enough to allow Geely to develop more upmarket products while supporting a more profitable, wider range of Volvo’s 40 series models.

See what we made of the current Volvo V40 T3 R-Design here

See what we made of the current Volvo V40 D2 Cross Country here

Unusually, Volvo used the social network Snapchat to tease the pictures, which is believed to reflect the company's desire to attract younger buyers with its smaller, cheaper models. The caption on one of the images reads "Not your daddy's Volvo", again hinting that it will appeal to younger buyers.

The images also confirm that the concepts will closely follow Volvo's current design conventions, with 'Thor's Hammer' LED daytime running lights set in intricate light clusters and uncomplicated front-end styling. 

Click here for the latest Volvo XC40 spy pictures

The next-generation Volvo V40 and XC40 will be powered by a mixture of three and four-cylinder engines, with plug-in hybrid and potentially fully electric versions of the cars also being developed.

The Volvo XC40 is strongly tipped to be the first model in the range to be launched, most likely in 2017, because of the sales potential of small crossovers in the current booming market. Insiders believe the Infiniti QX30 and Mercedes GLA rival could end up being the firm's best-selling model.

A Volkswagen Golf-rivalling V40 hatchback and a small Volvo S40 saloon, which will be in effect a rival for the Audi A3 saloon and the BMW 2 Series saloon, will then follow.

 

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12 May 2016
"The all-new Volvo V40 and XC40". Already? The current model was only launched in 2012.

12 May 2016
I think these models are at least 2 years away. Although I think they're needed now especially a XC40, Volvo have been napping on that front. Oh and whilst most mnufacturers including BMW, Audi and the V40 competitors Ford and Vauxhall have small turbo options the smallest petrol manual engine is a 2.0 turbo, go figure.

 

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12 May 2016
xxxx wrote:

I think these models are at least 2 years away. Although I think they're needed now especially a XC40, Volvo have been napping on that front. Oh and whilst most mnufacturers including BMW, Audi and the V40 competitors Ford and Vauxhall have small turbo options the smallest petrol manual engine is a 2.0 turbo, go figure.

Volvo have a 1.5 litre petrol 3 pot in the wings, BMW and Audi only have small ones because they need them for their small cars, BMWs is fairly recent and was originally developed for the Mini, and Audis is shared with VW, SEAT and Skoda. JLRs smallest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre Ford unit.

13 May 2016
Citytiger wrote:
xxxx wrote:

I think these models are at least 2 years away. Although I think they're needed now especially a XC40, Volvo have been napping on that front. Oh and whilst most mnufacturers including BMW, Audi and the V40 competitors Ford and Vauxhall have small turbo options the smallest petrol manual engine is a 2.0 turbo, go figure.

Volvo have a 1.5 litre petrol 3 pot in the wings, BMW and Audi only have small ones because they need them for their small cars, BMWs is fairly recent and was originally developed for the Mini, and Audis is shared with VW, SEAT and Skoda. JLRs smallest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre Ford unit.

That's the future as I said they've been caught napping. When Audi, BMW etc develop an engine they don't just think about one car then think, I know we'll put in bigger cars too, unlike Volvo they think ahead. As to "JLRs smallest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre.." they're in a different class and their smallest car is not even in the V40 segment, go figure

 

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13 May 2016
xxxx wrote:
Citytiger wrote:
xxxx wrote:

I think these models are at least 2 years away. Although I think they're needed now especially a XC40, Volvo have been napping on that front. Oh and whilst most mnufacturers including BMW, Audi and the V40 competitors Ford and Vauxhall have small turbo options the smallest petrol manual engine is a 2.0 turbo, go figure.

Volvo have a 1.5 litre petrol 3 pot in the wings, BMW and Audi only have small ones because they need them for their small cars, BMWs is fairly recent and was originally developed for the Mini, and Audis is shared with VW, SEAT and Skoda. JLRs smallest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre Ford unit.

That's the future as I said they've been caught napping. When Audi, BMW etc develop an engine they don't just think about one car then think, I know we'll put in bigger cars too, unlike Volvo they think ahead. As to "JLRs smallest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre.." they're in a different class and their smallest car is not even in the V40 segment, go figure

No they weren't. They were straight jacketed by Ford. Once freed from it by Geely, they starting developing their 2.0 which is their most flexible, important engine. You have to remember Volvo are magnitudes smaller than the Audi and BMW you quote in your post. They obviously don't have the resources to simultaneously develop two engines at once.

16 May 2016
winniethewoo wrote:
xxxx wrote:
Citytiger wrote:
xxxx wrote:

I think these models are at least 2 years away. Although I think they're needed now especially a XC40, Volvo have been napping on that front. Oh and whilst most mnufacturers including BMW, Audi and the V40 competitors Ford and Vauxhall have small turbo options the smallest petrol manual engine is a 2.0 turbo, go figure.

Volvo have a 1.5 litre petrol 3 pot in the wings, BMW and Audi only have small ones because they need them for their small cars, BMWs is fairly recent and was originally developed for the Mini, and Audis is shared with VW, SEAT and Skoda. JLRs smallest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre Ford unit.

That's the future as I said they've been caught napping. When Audi, BMW etc develop an engine they don't just think about one car then think, I know we'll put in bigger cars too, unlike Volvo they think ahead. As to "JLRs smallest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre.." they're in a different class and their smallest car is not even in the V40 segment, go figure

No they weren't. They were straight jacketed by Ford. Once freed from it by Geely, they starting developing their 2.0 which is their most flexible, important engine. You have to remember Volvo are magnitudes smaller than the Audi and BMW you quote in your post. They obviously don't have the resources to simultaneously develop two engines at once.

Evidence, Smallest petrol manual 2.0 Turbo (122hp) in a Astra, Golf, Focus competitor doesn't make sense. Then they realise this but it'll be another year and a half before a 1.5 triple comes out, way behind the others. I predict V40 sales will fall across Europe for this fact.

 

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16 May 2016
As I understand it, they didnt have the resources to simultanously develop 3 and 4 cylinder engines. Their teams prioritised the 4's keeping the 3's in mind. Now the 4's are done, they are moving onto the 3's.

14 May 2016
[/quote]"JLRs smallest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre.." [/quote]
Jaguar Land Rovers smallest engine is their own Ingenium range of 2.0 litre engines.

14 May 2016
[/quote]"JLRs smallest petrol engine is a 2.0 litre.." [/quote]
Jaguar Land Rovers smallest engine is their own Ingenium range of 2.0 litre engines.

16 May 2016
The standardised 500cc per cylinder enables BMW, JLR and Volvo to potentially build 1.5 I3, 2.0 I4, 3.0 V6/I6, 4.0 V8 and 6.0 V12 - the smaller engine will be essential in "range-extender" versions of future premium cars.

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