The 2017 Concept from Volvo Should be the New S40


Volvo started production of the S40 back in 1995, it went right through until 2012 and then Volvo pulled it from the line-up – at the same time, they dropped the C30 from the American line-up also. In fact, the C30 and S40 were the last Volvo compacts to be sold in the U.S. – Volvo preferred to concentrate on the larger models, in particular, the XC90.

If you’re confused as to the nomenclature of these Volvos, the S stands for Saloon, and the V (as in V40) stands for Versatility – quite simple really, but only when you know!

Not much is known yet about the upcoming S40 from Volvo, other than what Volvo want us to know or see; they released a concept called Concept 40.1, which we are expecting to be the new Volvo S40, but no official confirmation actually exists regarding that.

This next generation compact sedan will be one of the first products to be released under the collaboration of Volvo and the parent company, Geely. Only time will tell just how successful that partnership will be, but looking at the styling, they’ve at least got that right.

A concept for the 2017 Volvo S40?

Although some are saying that this concept will be the Volvo S40, there are two things that need to be said; the first being that it is an assumption that this model will actually be the S40, and the other being that we’ll get to see it in 2017 – some rumors have the model being released in 2018. Assuming that it will indeed arrive in 2017, it definitely won’t be until later in the year. There has been no official confirmation from Volvo as to when it’s definitely going to arrive, all we can tell you is that there has been no sighting of it – either camouflaged or pictures, so if it is going to be released in 2017, Volvo have done an amazing job of keeping it under wraps.

We feel that it’s more than likely that Volvo aren’t going to release it this year, at least not the full-production model; we may yet get to see a pre-production version before the year is out.

Given that we’re only just past the concept stage, it’s enormously difficult to put a price on the base model, but given the strong competition from the likes of the Audi A3 saloon or the Mercedes-Benz CLA, we’d guess that the introductory model will sit just under $30,000. Prices will of course be significantly higher for the better specced trims, it’s entirely possible that the fully-loaded top of the range model will come in at above $50,000.

Brand-New Model

Although it’s using the old S40 badging, this is a brand-new model in the Volvo line up, and from what we’ve see of it, we like it; riding higher than a normal sedan, the S40 is almost a cross between an SUV & sedan – plenty of ground clearance, although being honest, it seems an odd way to go. Rumors suggest that Volvo may tone it down for the final production model – making it more of a ‘normal’ sedan. Personally, we like the look of the higher-riding style, and it certainly sets it apart from the competition. Volvo could be missing a trick if they do normalize it.

The Concept 40.1 is built on the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, as is the sister Concept 40.2 (believed to be an XC40). This should mean all-wheel drive capability. Under the hood will be a few different options for powering the vehicle, starting at a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbo charged motor which produces a usable 200 BHP, we also know that Volvo will be using a 4-cylinder diesel (although whether that will make it to the U.S. remains to be seen) and a hybrid using the 3-cylinder gas motor coupled up to an electric motor, perhaps with as much as 300 BHP.

All engine choices will run through a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, possibly rear-wheel drive as standard with an all-wheel option.

Safety First

Perhaps one of the biggest unknowns is just what equipment will be fitted as standard. It’s a safe bet that the Volvo will have plenty of safety equipment, as an introduction to Volvo’s commitment to have no deaths (as driver or passenger) by 2020. Expect to see pre-collision warnings with auto emergency braking, lane assist, blind-spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise-control, rear cross-traffic alerts… Volvo are known for their safety and the next S40 will only build on that.

How do you like the look of the S40 concept? Have Volvo got it right? Or should they stick to what they know? Let us know in the comments.
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The new S40 will get the brand new Volvo design, advanced safety features and fuel efficient engines.

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