The 40 series from Volvo has always stood out from the crowded compact market crowd, especially when people selected the practical V40 and even more so when opting for the fashionable Cross Country.
Well, the compact roster has been recently refreshed and got a sweet pair of Thor’s Hammer lights but the Swedish automaker is aware the current model is growing long in the tooth. And since it’s all out and about changing its generations, the 40 series is set to follow in the footsteps of the all new XC90 crossover and S90 / V90 flagship pair. The new generation of the 40 series is scheduled for its official appearance sometimes next year and the automaker is very eager to start enticing us to the prospect – the teasing game has already kicked off. And because crossovers are all the hype these days, besides the S40 sedan and V40 hatchback there will also be an all new model, the XC40. The latter is designed to take on the Mercedes GLA, BMW X1 and Audi’s Q2 and Q3 compact pair.
The Volvo take here is to actually bring us teasers for “small car concepts” that serve as previews for the entire 40 series. The models have in common the Thor Hammer’s lights brought from the bigger XC90, S and V90 and it appears the first ones to appear in 2017 will be the practical V40 and XC40, followed no later than early 2018 by the S40 sedan. The models are also the fruit of the first true collaboration between Volvo and its parent Geely, being based on the CMA platform, a sized down version of the Scalable Product Architecture.