Volvo Cars gives its best-selling models, the V40 and V40 Cross Country the new face of Volvo for Model Year 2017 with trim updates across the range. Exterior updates to the luxury hatchback/crossover come in the form of new grille meshes featuring the updated Volvo Iron Mark. The update also equips the V40 with the new ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights, a look that’s shared with Volvo’s new 90 Series cars. The updated Volvo V40 should be India bound soon.
“The V40 is the best-selling Volvo model in Europe and the second-most popular Volvo model globally, making it a very important car for the company. With the updates for model year 2017 we make this already very successful model even more attractive to customers in the segment,” said BjörnAnnwall, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
The V40’s exterior update further includes the addition of five colours, which include the completely new Amazon Blue and Denim Blue, as well as three colours already used by other models in the Volvo Cars portfolio: Bursting Blue, Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand. The V40 will also receive the new ‘rank marks’ that were first introduced on the XC90, visualising trim levels and variants and a total of eight new wheels across the V40, R-Design and V40 Cross Country models.
Inside, the updated Volvo V40 gets a new upholstery called City Weave, along with a new Charcoal/Blond steering wheel option. Several new interior panel trims are also to be offered: Milled Aluminium, Black Grid Aluminium and Stealth Aluminium. Accent trim colours in the door inserts will now be offered with contrasting stitching and for the first time a black headliner will be available as an option in the V40. New tread plates will be added for the R-Design and Inscription trim levels and an updated key fob with the new Volvo logo will be available.
Power-train options continue unchanged, but Volvo claims to have reduced CO2 emissions on the D2 manual power-train to just 89 g/km with the full tyre program. When it comes to technologies, the freshened up V40 will come with an updated version of the Volvo On Call smartphone app, which allows remote access and control over a wide range of in-car features. Volvo On Call already delivers wearable connectivity (Apple Watch/Android Wear) and now Microsoft Band 2 connectivity, enabling voice-control for certain features when using Windows 10-based smartphones.
Other updates to Volvo On Call include a calendar integration function, support for up to 10 Volvo vehicles, and a Flic button compatibility that allows one to program a single physical ‘smart button’ to perform several tasks, such as lock the car or to start/stop pre-heating. Volvo now also offers support for Windows 10 with a new version of the Volvo On Call application that can be used on regular PCs and tablets to interact with one’s car.