Volvo V40 Cross Country; We May Actually Get This
Apparently, the Volvo V40 isn’t being imported to North America; but nobody said the Cross Country wasn’t coming here, did they?
The iconic V70 ended up being usurped by the XC60. The V50 wagon was effectively replaced by the XC60. And with Audi, BMW and Mercedes offering entry-level compact luxury cars (the A3, X1 and the upcoming A/B-Class), Volvo has an opening for their own entry. The V40 Cross Country is a bit more crossover-esque than the standard V40, but the upshot is available all-wheel drive.
Powertrains include three diesels (not going to happen, sorry) and two gasoline engines; a 1.6L 4-cylinder, which is unlikely to come here, and Volvo’s venerable 2.5L 5-cylinder turbocharged engine. If the V40 drives anything like the XC60, then the 2.5L with AWD would be a very compelling package. Fingers crossed.
I bet the USA base engine is a non-turbo 4-cylinder, (if they want to sell many of them). A 2.5-2.8 liter, 180+ hp engine with pretensions of good gas mileage required. Turbos break, and need replacing, within the warranty. Or has Volvo found a miracle solution for that? If not, I'd keep driving my older model whatever-mobile. Not sure what engines they have or can acquire from corporate parts-bins, I do not keep up with Volvos. If they do a supercharged base engine, consider a startup business of repairing or replacing the turbo, at a cheap price point. Are those intended to be RUNNING BOARDS down there, below the doors? Gad. Well it is identifiable as a Volvo product, at least.
El Scotto--- we know where you live and we are watching you, and remeber we can carry plenty of pain in our wagons* *- This is in no way to be taken as a threat by the nanny editors at TTAC, your views may differt void in Nj ....
I'd love to have a Bonneville Station Wagon as a project car. Dual sunroofs and Cragars would be the 1st mods. Loveseat? I can haul a mattress from Ikea in this thing.
What an ugly snout on the thing. Since when did Jimmy Durante become the supreme automotive aesthetic? Poor sight lines for the driver. I suppose we'll soon need not only back-up cameras, but turn cameras and forward cameras, too. Then eventually we'll just have to wear the full virtual reality helmet--if Google and the friendly neighbourhood government drone aircraft flying overhead aren't already doing the driving for us.