The new Volvo V40 will look like a SUV-style hatchbackDecember 20, 2019
The next generation Volvo V40 will compete with the Audi Q2 and BMW X2 – these photos show how the new car will look.
Volvo will launch the SUV as an indirect successor to the recently discontinued V40 hatchback, the company’s European head confirmed. It will go on sale in two to three years, joining the ever-expanding market for premium compact crossovers, which is currently dominated by the Audi Q2, BMW X2 and Mercedes GLA.
Until the V40’s death in August 2019, it was the only model in the Volvo lineup that did not switch to a larger firm SPA or smaller CMA – it was still based on an adapted version of the Ford C1 platform that was acquired during the time. Between 1999 and 2010, Volvo controlled an American company.
The V40 should be Volvo’s next, as the firm is about to expand its 40, 60 and 90 series lineups. However, Lex Kerssemakers, Volvo’s senior vice president of EMEA (which includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa), said the trends customers and the need for electrification are likely to eliminate the usual low-hatch hatchback replacement for the V40.
“We need to do something more creative,” Kersemaker said. “That’s why we decided not just to replace the V40 on an individual basis. There are two things that you cannot rule out in the thinking of the next generation V40. High landing is indeed a problem, and we see that many people are switching from V40 to XC40.
In recent months, rumors have surfaced that the new V40 may look like a Volvo 40.2 concept. It came along with the Volvo 40.1 concept in 2016, which eventually turned into the XC40 ready for release. However, Kerssemakers said: “We passed this Polestar machine now.
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