V40 comeback: Volvo’s first station wagon with a pedestrian airbag


Volvo’s first station wagon with a pedestrian airbag

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Volvo’s new V40 will compete against the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3 Sportback.

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V40 comeback: Volvo's first station wagon with a pedestrian airbag-pedestrian

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The car does not have a large loading capacity, but it looks attractive.

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V40 comeback: Volvo's first station wagon with a pedestrian airbag-first

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At the front, the V40 is recognizable as a Volvo at first glance thanks to the face that is typical of the brand.

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V40 comeback: Volvo's first station wagon with a pedestrian airbag-station

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From above you can see that the V40 looks very compact and does not follow typical combination shapes.

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V40 comeback: Volvo's first station wagon with a pedestrian airbag-wagon

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The inside of the V40: Everything looks high quality, and for the first time in a Volvo, the instruments are fully digitalized

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The Swedish brand is launching a new hatchback car – but the design takes precedence and the luggage space suffers significantly as a result. But the new Volvo has other unique qualities.

NAfter an eight-year break, Volvo is bringing the type designation V40 back to life. And a look at the first photos shows: The wait was worth it – at least for those for whom Scandinavian design is more important than the volume of the room.

Because, like the next larger V60, the V40 is not a packhorse either. At 4.37 meters, it is significantly shorter than the 4.52 meters and V50, which expires in summer; The first V40, discontinued in 2004, also reached just over 4.50 meters.

It is only ten centimeters apart from the C30 Coupe, with which the new V40 shares the floor pan that was once developed together with Ford.

"Not a V50 successor, but rather a five-door C30 "

Although the V50 with 417 liters does not have a mega trunk, it is easy to use thanks to the rear bench seat that is very easy to fold down and the completely flat loading area.

In contrast, the V40 would be anything but a surprise with a load space of almost 300 liters with the rear seat up. Especially since the S-shaped, corrugated and deeply drawn-down rear section precludes the loading of refrigerators or other bulky goods from the outset.

"We see it more as a competitor to an Audi A3 Sportback and BMW 1 series, ”says a Volvo spokesman.

"A five-door C30 and not a 1: 1 successor to the V50. ”And when asked about one "real “Volvo station wagon,” he refers to the large V70 – the last Swedish van of the old style.

Reminiscence of the legendary Volvo P1800

With the new V40, head of design Peter Horbury and his Gothenburg stylist team have modeled a real lifestyle truck. It is based on the design language introduced with the XC60 and continued with the V60 station wagon .

The pronounced wedge shape merges into a fine curve in the area of ​​the rear doors, reminiscent of the legendary Volvo P1800. The classic, V-shaped bonnet is emphasized again, and the high-gloss grille provides additional visual dynamics thanks to its ingenious design. The rear lights correspond to the Volvo design language.

"The completely redesigned V40 is the first Volvo model developed on the basis of our new ‘Designed Around You’ strategy, ”says Volvo President and CEO Stefan Jacoby. And by that he means the multitude of safety and driver assistance systems, some of which are new even for a Volvo.

Airbag arsenal expanded to include pedestrian and knee airbags

Above all, the world’s first pedestrian airbag, which, together with an automatically raised bonnet, is intended to reduce the severity of injuries. If there is a collision with a pedestrian, the hood is first lifted and then the airbag is also deployed.

When inflated, it covers the cavity below the raised bonnet, about a third of the windshield and the lower parts of the A-pillars.

But that’s not all, the new V40 is the first Volvo ever to be additionally equipped with a knee airbag. It is folded up below the dashboard and inflates in a crash synchronously with the other air sacs.

Sensors warn of cross-traffic when parking and leaving

The assistance system is one of the other not everyday safety modules of the V40 "Cross Traffic Alert ”. Its radar sensors, located in the rear bumper, monitor cross traffic when parking and leaving.

This can be very useful when your view is restricted by buildings, trees, other greenery, or parked cars. The further developed City Safety System – which is supposed to avoid or mitigate accidents at low speeds – now works in the new V40 up to a speed of 50 instead of the previous 30 km / h.

The emergency braking assistant with automatic pedestrian detection is new for the segment – it is active up to a speed of 35 km / h to prevent collisions with pedestrians. If he comes too late, the active bonnet and the pedestrian airbag come into action, as already described.

After all, the Swedes are the first Volvo to give the new V40 a radar-based blind spot warning system. In the previous system, two digital cameras mounted in the exterior mirror housings monitored the surroundings.

In addition to the well-known blind spot function, the radar eyes of the further developed BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) now also recognize vehicles approaching at high speed from behind – and in such a case warn of an abrupt lane change maneuver.

As usual from Volvo, the almost overcrowded safety package is rounded off by a lane departure warning system with noticeable vibration in the steering wheel, a parking assistant, an active high beam and automatic traffic sign recognition.

Power range of the engines between 115 and 254 HP

While the predecessor, replaced by the V50 in spring 2004, was only available with four-cylinder engines, Volvo is equipping the top version of the new V40 with the 254 hp T5 five-cylinder turbo. This means that the car sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.7 seconds.

But there is also a more environmentally friendly way: In addition to a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with direct injection from Ford inventory "Drive ”diesel with a displacement of 1.6 liters is also in the range – it is content with an average consumption of 3.6 liters and CO2 emissions of 94 g / km.

The power range for Otto engines is from 150 to 254, and for diesel engines from 115 to 147 hp. All engines – Volvo promises – get a start-stop system and braking energy recovery ex works. They are optionally equipped with manual or automatic transmissions.

In addition to a basic set-up, customers can choose a sports package for the chassis – it includes lowering the suspension by ten millimeters and tighter springs and shock absorbers. One can look forward to the T5 – in the S40 sedan, this power version is displeasing due to its clumsy rolling behavior.

Fully digitized display instruments

Volvo is breaking new ground not only with the use of airbags, but also with the instruments. In the basic version, the displays, which are equipped with a digital surface, are still shown in classic analogue. Above this, the active TFT crystal display allows personalization of the instrument layout.

Volvo speaks of one "new dimension in the interaction between vehicle and driver ”. This is also supported by the choice between three graphic versions (Elegance, Eco and Performance), which, depending on your preference, bring either boost pressure and engine speed or current consumption particularly prominently into the field of vision.

The rest of the interior continues the theme of a very functional and by no means overloaded interior design, which was introduced years ago with the S40 and based on Scandinavian design models. Value and cool elegance, yes, playfulness no, is the motto. So the seemingly free-floating center console reappears among others. And now a frameless interior rearview mirror.

Smartphone app and Bluetooth with MP3-compatible music streaming

One of the various interfaces to the multimedia world in the V40 is a smartphone application that can be used to communicate with the car even when the car is idle. A vehicle check is just as possible as an operating status display, driving data evaluation or programming of the auxiliary heating.

Volvo claims that Bluetooth technology with MP3-capable music streaming is currently the only premium manufacturer that enables it to be used across all model series.

While the first V40 was built on a shared platform with the Mitsubishi Carisma in the NedCar plant in Born (Holland), which is now threatened with closure, the successor is rolling off the assembly line at Volvo’s Belgian plant in Ghent.

The Swedes, meanwhile taken over by Geely Motors in China, want to build and sell up to 90,000 units of the new V40 annually. The production lines in Ghent start up in May, and the cars are at the dealer’s in August / September.

Around 85 percent of the quota will go to European customers, estimates Volvo boss Jacoby. A US export is not even planned – the V40 would be cut too tight in a country that is already giving station wagons the cold shoulder.

Future plans: V40 XC, XC40 and new engines

Meanwhile, it is already certain that Volvo will also have a model based on the "Cross-Golf ”from Volkswagen and trimmed to an off-road look variant called V40 XC will be added. In addition, a crossover with optional all-wheel drive to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 is also being planned, according to Volvo in Gothenburg. The designation XC40 is reserved for this model.

From mid-2103, Volvo will gradually introduce new gasoline and diesel engines with direct injection that have been developed in-house. They free the company from the previously necessary purchase of engines from the former sister company Ford and also pave the way for variants with hybrid drives.

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