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Autoblog Catches V40 During Snowy Sojourn

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On: Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 1:12PM | By: Chris Salamone

Autoblog Catches V40 During Snowy Sojourn

Just last week we received a teaser image of Volvo’s upcoming V40 model, set to fill the recently vacant pants of a deceased V50. While we initially thought Volvo’s model lineup gap filler would be labeled the V30, as the vehicle is basically a five-door C30, Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby confirmed otherwise.

Say hello to the V40, caught by Autoblog’s savvy spy photos at CarPix during a reenactment of the Great Blizzard of 1978.

Well, not really. But, whatever the context we can draw at least one conclusion from Volvo’s winter conditions testing. Up until this point we’ve only been able to assume the V40 would be equipped with front-wheel-drive and mated to a model-topping 240 horsepower turbo four-cylinder. Although Volvo has not explicitly mentioned an AWD variant, these winter testing photos might suggest that Volvo is – at least – considering the matter.

And with Saab on the fritz, Volvo must decide whether or not a front-wheel-drive V40 has the winter sagacity to represent the Scandinavians as a whole.

Details remain cloudy for now, so we can only hope this upcoming V40 will be able to run with the big dogs like Audi’s A3 Sportback or BMW’s X1. Considering Volvo’s latest emphasis on engine lineup options, the V40 will likely come to production with at least one diesel and mix of gasoline offerings.

Perusing the images, the V40’s aesthetics appear in line with previous Volvo models. The vehicle looks to maintain the company’s trademark boxy, yet functional shape – with few design exceptions. Yet, this V40’s rear end may include a minor departure from Volvo’s current design trend, where a large bumper is met by a smallish angular hatch.

Check out the spy pics below for further enticement. By all accounts it looks like Volvo’s fun wagon is back. We’ll knock on wood for AWD and a short-throw manual transmission.

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Stephy21 | 9:27AM (Wed, Dec 21, 2011)

Great looking car cant wait to see it.

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