Unofficial Picture Up Date: 2013 Volvo V40

Images of the Volvo V40 have been leaked on to the Internet, ahead of its scheduled debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

Pitched as a seperate model to the C30 hatch, the V40 will give Volvo a direct rival to the five-door VW Golf, Ford Focus and premium rivals like the BMW 1 Series and new Audi A3 (which has also been leaked today).

As you can see from these low-res studio shots, the front end is inspired by the S60 saloon, but the wedgy profile is unique to this model. Most notable is the quirky shoulder line, which kinks underneath the rear window. Also visible is a full-length glass roof that flows seamlessly into the windscreen.

The links with the S60 continue under the skin - the V40 uses a modified version of the S60's underpinnings, so it's longer and roomier than the three-door C30.

There's no news on the engine range yet, but a sub-100g/km DRIVe version is a certainty, while a plug-in hybrid using the same mechanicals as the forthcoming V60 plug-in is a possibility. For more details click here.
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