Volvo has released the first teaser image of the 2012 V40. It is a five-door hatchback with sporty styling and an upmarket interior.

Volvo has released the first teaser image of the 2012 V40.

Set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show, the five-door hatchback has a sloping roofline, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and distinctive taillights. We can also see aluminum window trim and an outline of a prominent grille.

Little else is known about the model, but Volvo says it will compete with the BMW 1-Series and Audi A3.

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2012 Volvo V40 teased for Geneva debut