Volvo concepts to preview new V40 and XC40 compact cars

Teaser for new concept thought to preview upcoming Volvo XC40

Teaser for new concept thought to preview upcoming Volvo XC40

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With the launch of its large cars complete, Volvo is now focused on introducing a new generation of compact cars.

The first of these compacts, or “40” series models, isn’t due until 2017 but to help build excitement—and perhaps persuade buyers to hold off on a competitor—Volvo will preview the cars with a pair of concepts in the coming weeks.

The concepts are expected to include a hatchback and a crossover SUV, previewing a new V40 and XC40, respectively.

One of the concepts was teased overnight by Volvo on social media. Along with the photo were comments, “Not your daddy’s Volvo” and “Teasing the future of Volvo.”

The new compacts will be based on the CMA (Compact Modular Architecture) platform being developed by Volvo in partnership with parent company Geely. The first will be an XC40 SUV, a test mule for which we’ve already spotted. It will be followed by a new V40 hatchback and eventually an S40 sedan.

The good news is that the cars will be offered in the United States. Volvo hasn’t sold a compact here since the C30 was dropped from the lineup in 2012. They will offer 3- and 4-cylinder engines in addition to alternative options. The most potent will be a T5 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.


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