Volvo will be revamping its entire model lineup over the next few years, and the U.S. will see a new nameplate according to Dutch publication Telegraaf. Volvo marketing chief Alain Visser said that the next-generation Volvo V40 compact hatchback will be sold on our shores, with a long-wheelbase version possible.
When it’s redesigned within the next year or so, the Volvo V40 will continue to sit at the bottom of Volvo’s model range, with the 60- and 90-series models above it. Though the current, European-market V40 (pictured) rides on a version of the Ford Focus C1 platform, the new V40 will use a new small-car platform jointly developed by Volvo and its Chinese parent company, Geely.
Volvo’s efficiency-minded Drive-E turbocharged three- and four-cylinder engines are sure bets to power the V40, with a hybrid version likely as well. Expect the new V40’s overall aesthetic to be similar to the new 2016 Volvo XC90 SUV that was in turn based on a series of three Volvo concepts shown in 2013 and 2014.
The Volvo V40 will be the first compact Volvo sold in the U.S. since the S40 sedan, V50 wagon, and C30 hatchback left our market a few years ago. It will set its sights on other premium compacts like the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3. Visser told Telegraaf that a long-wheelbase version of the V40 is possible if the global version of the car is not spacious enough for certain markets like the U.S. or China. We also previously reported that the V40 will spawn a crossover variant called the XC40, which would compete with other small luxury crossovers like the BMW X1 and Audi Q3.
Stay tuned for more news on Volvo’s future plans as we near the debut of the upcoming S90 sedan and V40 compact over the next year or so.