2015 Volvo V40 Overview and History
This car needed 5 years to reach American market, it debuted in Europe in 1995, as a wagon version of S40, and the first model that was sold in the United states was made for 2000 model year. It was sold until 2004, and then it was discontinued in both Europe and America. European model was reintroduced in 2012, but for the American model we needed to wait for one more year. American Volvo fans needed to wait for one more year for the new model to be introduced, and when it reached American shores it came as quite of a surprise, because had much higher ride, bigger wheels and better off-road capability. It was also called V40 Cross Country. Similar Cross Country version of Volvo V60 was also introduced one year after and promoted on 2014 LA Auto Show.
This car is constantly changing. We are not talking about some cosmetic changes on the interior and exterior styling, but something much more drastic. Model we are talking about here is going to come with a new smaller turbocharged engine, that’s going to be placed in few other models of Volvo range. This way company will drastically cut the costs of these model’s production, plus the fuel economy is going to increase with the new line of engines that are not going to be bigger than four cylinders.
2015 Volvo V40 Cross Country Exterior Styling
New Cross Country version of the standard station wagon comes with much more crossover in its looks. It is placed 40 mm higher than the standard V40, it comes with updated front fascia, including black bumper and a new grille design and DLR lights. It also comes with a new 19 inch alloy wheels, with shinny diamond rims. In the back we can find a different rear bumper with integrated skid plate.
2015 Volvo V40 Cross Country Interior
When it comes to interior, new model received a new interior design colored in Espresso Brown, new leather upholstery that is made out of much more quality leather, and now it has enough space to accommodate 5 adult people easily. Cargo room is also increased, with a possibility to fold rear seat, as well as front passenger seat and increase cargo area drastically.
In the rear it comes with standard Parcel Shelf Net and Load Organizer. On the doors you can find another storage bin, called the “smart storage” which is great for storing smaller objects like CDs or USB players and sticks. It comes also with Electronic Climate Control System that’s especially useful in the glove box where it can cool the beverages, placed in it.
2015 Volvo V40 Cross Country Performance
This segment is the one that went through biggest changes in this model year. Its new E Drive powertrain will be able to produce 245 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. It is going to be a turbocharged four cylinder engine, and few other Volvo vehicles are going to come with the same engine. Another new thing is the transmission, new eight speed automatic is going to replace the old six speed gear box. We can expect increased fuel efficiency with the new engine, and a decrease in CO2 emissions, that will be cut to 149 g per km. Another new thing is the all wheel drive, which was long anticipated.