Paris 2012: Volvo Debuts V40 Cross Country, R-Design Variants

Volvo is showing off two new versions of its V40 compact station wagon at the Paris Motor Show: the sporty Volvo V40 R-Design, and the rough-and-tumble V40 Cross Country.

The Volvo V40 R-Design can be filed under “never gonna happen.” This stunning compact wagon (shown at the Paris Motor Show in Polestar’s signature shade of Rebel  Blue) takes a standard V40 and adds a satin metal-framed black gloss grille, a unique diffuser, twin exhaust pipes, 17- or 18-inch five-spoke diamond cut wheels, and an optional Polestar-developed Sport chassis. The Sport chassis is lowered almost a half-inch compared to the standard V40, and also includes new shocks, struts, dampers, and more. Though it’s being shown off in T5-trim, with a turbocharged 2.5-liter I-5 making 250-hp and 266 lb-ft of torque under the hood, Volvo says the R-Design pack will be available with all engines, even its 1.6-liter 113-hp turbodiesel I-4.

If any of Volvo’s Paris Motor Show concepts had a shot at making their way to the United States, it’d be the Volvo V40 Cross Country. Just as the XC70 is the high-riding version of the V70, and the XC60 is the high-riding version of the V60, the V40 Cross Country is essentially a toughened-up V40 with a 1.6 inch lift. The V40 Cross Country also gets the XC70’s wheels, visible faux-skidplates, unique bumpers, and a new grille.

Despite the fact that Volvo will bring neither the V40 R-Design nor V40 Cross Country to the U.S., that doesn’t stop us wishing for the forbidden fruit. Which Volvo wagon would you rather buy? Sound off in the comments below.

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2013 Volvo XC70

2013 Volvo XC70

MSRP $33,600 3.2 FWD Wagon


19 City / 25 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

NA / 72.1 cu. ft.