Although Volvo released an official teaser image of the new V40 on its Facebook page, a Swedish magazine has apparently leaked full photos of the new Volvo wagon. As promised earlier, the Volvo V40 will make its official public debut March 6 at the Geneva Motor Show.
The leaked images reveal that the Volvo V40 will adopt a considerably sleeker design than the old boxy model. A character line runs the length of the car, kinking up over the rear wheel wells. In profile, the five-door V40 looks like a less-tall version of the company's XC60 and XC90 crossovers. The front fascia and headlights recall the Volvo S60 sedan, while the large glass liftgate mimics the opening on the C30 hatchback.
Volvo has previously said that the new V40 won't be sold in the U.S. market. Overseas, the V40 essentially supplants the slightly larger V50 wagon. European buyers will reportedly be able to pick from engines displacing between 1.4 and 2.0 liters, with all-wheel-drive optional on all trims. Volvo's anti-collision City Safety and Pedestrian Safety technology will be on board.
The Volvo V40 is said to measure 177.2 inches long, about a foot longer than a 2012 Volkswagen Golf. It's built on a new Scalable Platform Architecture, which allows Volvo to build cars of varying sizes on essentially the same chassis. The leaked magazine story also indicates that the V40's 450-cm (177.2-inch) SPA platform could potentially underpin several other models: a C40 hatchback, an S40 sedan, and an XC40 small crossover.
We'll see the Volvo V40 once it is fully revealed in Geneva, but so far these leaked images portend a stylish, attractive new small wagon.