New Volvo V40 Officially Revealed Ahead of Geneva

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The five-door hatchback finally made its official online debut, just a week before its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show.

We've seen leaked images, teaser videos and even a crop of official photos, but now, just a week before its unveiling at Geneva, Volvo have succumbed to the pressure and officially revealed details (and a video) of the 2013 Volvo V40. Set to do battle in the premium hatchback market, the new V40 will be available with a diverse engine range, from Volvo's very first diesel engine boasting CO2 emissions of 94g/km to the turbocharged T5 gasoline engine with 254hp and good for a 6.7-second 0-62mph time.

Volvo clearly wants to hold a few things back for when the car is unveiled at Geneva, but they have revealed that all engine versions will feature start/stop and braking energy regeneration, regardless of whether customers opt for the manual or automatic transmission.

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Their notorious dedication to safety is evident in the safety and driver support package that comes with the all-new V40, which includes Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake, a world-first pedestrian airbag, Lane Keeping Aid with haptic auto steering and Park Assist Pilot. The acclaimed City Safety low-speed collision avoidance system also features but has been further developed to be operational at speeds up to 50kph. Inside there's a fully graphic instrument cluster with personalized layout and information and a 'super-comfortable cockpit with outstanding ergonomics and technology.'

Production of the car will start in May and Volvo expects to sell 90,000 units of the V40 per year with 85 percent expected to be sold in Europe. The vehicle has yet to be confirmed for the US market.

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