Volvo is giving the V40 hatchback a minor nip and tuck in time for the Geneva Auto Show.
The biggest updates are found up front, where the V40 gets new headlights with T-shaped LED daytime running lights called Thor’s Hammer in Volvo-speak, and a redesigned grille with vertical slats. The modifications are meant to bring the V40 in line with recent additions to the Volvo lineup like the XC90, the S90, and the V90 that will also be shown in Geneva. As is often the case, the shot of Botox is accompanied by new exterior colors and additional alloy wheel designs.
The interior receives new aluminum trim bits and an available City Weave upholstery. Technical details haven’t been published but it doesn’t sound like Volvo has made any major mechanical modifications to the V40, meaning the hatchback carries on with gasoline- and diesel-burning four-cylinder engines ranging from 120 to 245 horsepower. Most engines are offered with either a manual or an automatic transmission, but only the rugged-looking Cross Country model is offered with all-wheel drive.
The facelifted Volvo V40 will go on sale across Europe and in select overseas markets including China in the coming months. The model won’t be sold in the United States, but we hear the next-generation V40 that’s scheduled to debut before the end of the decade is being developed with our market in mind.