Volvo launches saucy V40 for premium hatchback market
Drivers who prowl dealership lots in search of lease specials on premium hatchbacks will soon get a new option when Volvo delivers its V40. Designed to clobber the competition with a long list of features and awesome acceleration, the car packs all the characteristics of its larger cousins into a sharp, sleek package.
Initially unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this month, the line offers a wide range of options, from the automaker’s first diesel to its turbocharged T5 gasoline engine. Horsepower tops out at 254 when experienced drivers press the sporty vehicle from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds.
At the same time, engineers found a way to cap gas consumption with efficiency features including start-stop and braking energy regeneration for either the manual or automatic gearbox version.
"The all-new V40 is the first new model that is fully developed according to our human-centric, Designed Around You strategy," said Volvo president Stefan Jacoby. "Charged with an outstanding set of high-tech features it definitely will give our toughest competitors a headache."
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