Welcome back from holiday break! If your spirits are the type that go up with exciting Volvo news, you won’t have such a hard time this week.
What we have here is the upcoming, all-new V40. You can say “CMA V40” if you like, because it’s built on Volvo’s fantastic new small car platform, CMA, which means Compact Modular Architecture — a smaller but equally advanced version of Volvo’s acclaimed Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). [Volvo press release].
According to Auto Express, Volvo’s target with this new V40 is none other than the good looking/pleasantly dynamic Volkswagen Golf:
The new V40 will look a little wider than the XC40 because, while the two cars are actually likely to feature the same width at the front axle, the newcomer’s lower roofline will give the car a more aggressive stance. As previewed by our images, the V40 will incorporate elements from the 40.2 concept, which was shown alongside the 40.1 that ultimately became the XC40.
The next V40 is also likely to adopt the XC40’s wheelbase, which is usefully longer than that of the existing hatchback. That should help the new car to deliver more room in the rear, potentially making it more spacious than the rival A3 and 1 Series.
The V40 is likely to have a more dynamic feel than the comfort-oriented XC40. Volvo’s head of research and development, Henrik Green, told Auto Express that CMA gives his team the flexibility to produce very different types of vehicles. “CMA is a good platform to build the SUV – the XC40 – but we can also build low, dynamic cars with it,” he said.
This 2019 V40 will be a sister car to the XC40, and you can bet interiors will be very similar. We here at MVS headquarters think this Volvo looks just outstanding. Especially as shown in this rear 3/4 photo: