Good news coming from Volvo as the company has announced its next generation of 40 series models will be launched in the United States.
Speaking to Automotive News at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show, Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson revealed plans to offer the 40 family in the US. This will include not just the usual V40 hatchback and S40 sedan, but also a compact crossover which will likely be badged “XC40.”
Volvo’s R&D senior vice president Peter Mertens admitted it was a mistake not to offer the series 40 cars in the US, but the decision was taken during a time when Volvo was having some serious financial problems.
With the V40 facelift revealed only a few days ago, it will be a while until an all-new model will be introduced. The new 40 series models will ride on Volvo’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform which will borrow some of the bits and pieces from the larger SPA platform that has underpinned so far the XC90, S90, and V90. The first CMA-based car is due next year and these compact Volvos will also get a range-topping T5 Twin Engine hybrid derivative in the same vein as the SPA’s T8 Twin Engine setup.
Besides the V40, S40, and XC40, Volvo is also analyzing the prospects of a long-wheelbase V40 and a C40 coupe to serve as a spiritual successor of the defunct C30. It’s unclear at this point whether the V40 LWB will go global or Volvo will sell it in select markets, with China being on top of the list.
Note: Volvo XC40 chassis testing mule spied.
Source: Volvo via autonews.com