The 2017 Volvo V40 facelift has been unveiled through a series of images and a video ahead of the premium hatchback’s world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week. The update is purely cosmetic and it seems Volvo has saved all the major mechanical upgrades for the next gen model which would use a new compact modular platform.
The most prominent change can be see on the front fascia which is now aligned with the new Volvos like the XC90, S90 and V90 Estate. While the elements are still smooth edged, the grille receives new detailing with Volvo Iron Mark and the headlamps feature Thor’s Hammer LED daytime running lights. The interesting secondary air dam gets narrower as it runs towards the edges of the bumper.
The profile is intact save for the new alloy wheel design while the rear receives slightly tweaked diffuser with additional silver insert. Five new exterior colors namely Bursting Blue, Mussel Blue, Luminous Sand, Amazon Blue and Denim Blue have been introduced.
The interior design remains the same but new a color theme – City Weave with Charcoal/Blond steering wheel option – has been added. Customers can also choose form new trim options such as Milled Aluminium, Black Grid Aluminium and Stealth Aluminium. Black headliner will be available as an option for the first time in addition to contrast stitching for the door trims.
The powertrain lineup of Volvo’s best selling European model will continue unchanged except for the popular D6 manual variant which benefits from reduced CO2 emission (89 g/km).