By on June 1, 2012

CORRECTION: Some bad information has gotten out – no V40 for us.

The V40, along with a planned XC40 crossover will make their way stateside, ostensibly to compete with new compact entries from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. These cars will represent the final run of Ford-based Volvos. No word on what engine choices will be offered, but the T5 turbocharged 5-cylinder engine seems to be a logical choice. Offer it with a 6-speed manual and I’ll put a deposit down once I stop eating sardines for dinner.

Initial reviews of the “T4″, which use the Ford 1.6L Ecoboost powertrain are positive. Let’s hope that the V40 is followed up by a new XC90. Not even Methuselah has had such a long run. The new XC90 will apparently be the first car to use Volvo’s new scalable platform and modular 4-cylinder turbo engine family.

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12 Comments on “Volvo Changes Its Mind, V40 Will Come Here...”


  • avatar
    th009

    The AutoExpress review is positive, except for the complaints about the dual-clutch gearbox. The gearbox, like the platform and the engine, are shared with the Focus, so the gearbox complaints shouldn’t be a surprise.

    But maybe they’ll bring a six-speed manual (diesel?) here …

  • avatar
    redav

    Bring on the small wagons/hatches. We need more competition in that area.

  • avatar
    JLGOLDEN

    This size car, especially with a “fringe luxury” nameplate, is sure to find a warm welcome here. Caution, though…gotta keep it well under $30K. It can play in the field with Verano, ILX, and maybe A3.

  • avatar

    Yuss, perhaps with the positive upswing of Volvo in the mind of the urbanites enough of these will sell to make them a viable used buy in a while. Even if it’s just a focus in nicer clothing, I’m game.

  • avatar
    daiheadjai

    That schnoz still looks like it belongs on a full size…
    not saying it isn’t pretty (when viewed separately)… Just the complete package seems a little… “off”

  • avatar
    jsixpack

    I’m confused, the only reference to the V40 I saw was “Volvo also reconfirmed that it will not sell the new V40 hatchback in the U.S. It adds there are currently no plans for any other V40 variations, even though sedan and wagon versions have already been styled.”

    Did the original article get edited or something?
    JSP

  • avatar
    rjones

    Sigh, just bring back the damn V70 will ya?

  • avatar
    JMII

    Given the slow sales of the C30 T5 Hatchback does Volvo really think adding another set of doors is going to help?

  • avatar

    From the article “Volvo also reconfirmed that it will NOT sell the new V40 hatchback in the U.S. It adds there are currently no plans for any other V40 variations, even though sedan and wagon versions have already been styled.”

    So the V40 is not coming.

    Reading is fundamental.

  • avatar
    pb35

    I don’t really care if this makes it here or not. I want the V60 as my dd.

    Will be interested in a new 90 too to replace my XC90 Sport which is going on it’s 5 year with us this year. Still looks like a new one, thanks Volvo! Will be hard to downgrade from the V8 to a 4 however, no matter how DI’ed and Turbo’ed it is.


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