The luxury, Swedish carmaker, Volvo successfully launched its hatch V40 on Wednesday at Rs 24.75 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. The company has also introduced the R-Design version of the car at Rs. 27.7 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Volvo V40 hatchback shares its design, engines and features with the Cross Country. On the exterior, the V40 hatch features daytime running LEDs, auto-bending headlights, vertical tail-lamp stack, and 16-inch alloy wheels just like the Cross Country. The cabin, too, looks quite identical to the V40 cross country with features such as adaptive digital display, powered front seats, leather seats, etc.
Volvo V40 gets styling tweaks like front and rear skid guards, body cladding, roof rails and an increased ground clearance. Based on the Volvo’s V40 Cross Country, the hatchback version comes equipped with a 2 litre turbocharged diesel engine which produces 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque, and transfers power to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. For now, a petrol variant is offered only on the V40 Cross Country.
Both variants of the V40 are equipped with the Adaptive Digital Display Console, auto bending headlights, climate control, powered front seats, leather seats and LED daytime running lights.
It comes equipped with Driver Knee Airbag, Whiplash Protection, Safety Cage, and Side Impact Protection System. Volvo claims that it also has the world’s first Pedestrian Airbag Technology which is to reduce injurious to the pedestrians. The V40 gets a segment first pedestrian airbag feature as well, taking the tally of airbags to 8.
What makes the R-Design different from the regular version are the additional features such as park assist pilot, panoramic sunroof, rain sensor, keyless drive along with the sporty exterior and interior package.
Compared to the Kinetic, the R-Design adds sporting differences such as different alloy wheels, a panoramic roof, a blackened grille and an exclusive color.
The V40 will serve as Volvo Auto India’s entry-level model, and will rival the likes of the Mercedes A Class and BMW 1 Series.