Geneva: Volvo V40 was presented image

The Swedish based automaker Volvo has recently presented the new V40 hatchback during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

The new Volvo V40 is no longer a surprise and after the model was teased a few times and leaked over the internet, revealing us its shape from almost every angle, the new Swedish hatchback was finally presented to the public at the Swiss automotive event. The Volvo V40 is borrowing the “lines” from the S60 and from the C0 and it will go against German models like the Audi A3 Sportback and the BMW 1-Series, but considering its overall design, its rivals might become second and third choices.

Under the hood, the new Volvo V40 will get five engines, starting with the 1.6 liter with 150 horsepower and ending with the T5 2.5 liter and 254 horsepower. Diesel lovers will be able to choose from three units, which are coming from 115 HP and going all the way to 177 HP, with the latter promising 8.3 seconds for the 0 to 100 km/h acceleration and an average fuel consumption of just 4.5 liters per 100 km.

Volvo says that the new V40 hatchback is equipped with a number of systems like the ground breaking Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake and a collision avoidance system which can stop the vehicle when traveling at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph). Volvo is planning to sell 90,000 units of the V40 model annually, out of which 85 percent to customers in Europe. The hatchback will be made in Belgium, at the Ghent plant, and production will begin in May.