[PHOTO GALLERY] Volvo V40 officially revealed image

The Swedish based automaker Volvo has officially revealed the V40 hatchback, ahead of its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, on the 6th of March.

After the Volvo V40 has been teased and even leaked a few times showing us all of its lines, the car manufacturer has decided that enough is enough and the new Swedish hatchback has been officially revealed, bringing us some new images with the model along with technical details. The Volvo V40’s design is no longer a surprise and we can see the distinctive lines from the S60 and the C0, but even so, the model is still appealing, and if the car company will choose to promote it aggressively, the BMW 1-Series and the Audi A3 Sportback will become second and third choices.

According to Volvo, the V40 will be available with the company’s first diesel engine which manages to emit just 94 g/km CO2, along with a number of other units available at its launch, including the T5 petrol turbocharged, which is developing a total output of 254 horsepower, allowing the model to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.

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.