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Volvo V40 Unveiled Via Interweb Leak

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On: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Salamone

Volvo V40 Unveiled Via Interweb Leak

Well, when you’re good, you’re good. The Polish car magazine Motodziennik recently posted pics of the upcoming, all-new Volvo V40 which was originally set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show. Despite months of careful cover ups and snowy sojourns, Volvo has been unable to avoid the inevitable, the ineffable internet community. And so, for the first time we have images which actually depict what a production V40 might look like.

Hot dang, it looks good.

Over the past decade Volvo has slowly chipped away at the company’s wagon offerings, first with the previous V40 in 2004 and finally an aging V50 in 2011. What we’re left with is a Swedish, pseudo-Chinese lineup which fails to pay tribute to the company’s hallmark wagon heritage and instead relies on a mash up of sedans and SUVs – with the exception of the XC70. Luckily, all that’s about to change.

The upcoming V40 looks pretty sharp, as if a squatting XC90 mated with the company’s hot hatch C30. The vehicle seamlessly picks up the best attributes of Volvo’s new aesthetic and, most notably, adds a splash of sportiness through an aggressive stance and rear-mounted dual exhaust.

Little is known about the new V40, but perhaps we’ll get a few juicy details when Volvo officially debuts their latest creation at Geneva. In fact, we don’t even know if it’ll be sold in the United States. We can, however, speculate that the V40 would be warmly welcomed here. Inside Line reports the V40 to be 177 inches long, which puts this mini-wagon just a few inches shorter than the aborted V50. Considering the former popularity of the V50 and old model V40 among American car buyers, a new wagon – to rule them all – which fits in between the two seems like a good idea.

If the V40 is to compete with industry standards like the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series, then Volvo will need to reveal a true show stopper at Geneva. So far so good, the vehicle’s exterior is as sharp as a Katana forged by the finest Japanese bladesmith. Let’s hope the specs and interior slice with the same precision.

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dwalter | 3:12PM (Fri, Feb 24, 2012)

I like it, but those wheels gotta go


James Roberts | 3:38PM (Sun, Feb 26, 2012)

Yea, they look like hub caps

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