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Volvo Shows the Future of Its Small Cars

Volvo has been focusing on the higher end with their revitalization plan with the introduction of the XC90 and S90. But today in Sweden, Volvo turned their focus to small cars.
Posted: May 18, 2016 - 3:04PM
Author: Will Maley

These are the 40 Series Concepts which gives us a sneak preview into the upcoming 40 Series. First up is the 40.1 Concept, which previews a crossover. It features the design traits seen on Volvo's current lineup with a large and wide grille, and “Thor’s Hammer” running lights. The pillars and roof come finished in black. Next is the 40.2 Concept which gives us idea of what a sedan version would look like. The overall look is similar the S90 sedan.

Both concepts use the new Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) that was jointly developed by Volvo and their parent company, Geely. This platform will allow Volvo to fit various powertrains including an electric and plug-in hybrid - known as the T5 Twin Engine. Unlike the T8 Twin Engine used in the 90 Series, the T5 Twin Engine will only come in front-wheel drive. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will be used for the T5 Twin Engine and possibly other engines.

"Each member of our product family has its own distinct character, just like the members of a real family. CMA has helped us to capture something special, something youthful in our new concept cars. They have an energy, a disruptive and engaging urban character that makes them stand out amongst the crowd. This is the flavour of small Volvos to come," said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President, Design, at Volvo Car Group.

Production versions of the 40 Series will begin rolling off the assembly line next year.

Pic Credit: Volvo