We’ve got used to new cars leaking out a bit at a time on the Interwebs, but photos of the new 2012 Volvo V40 have been leaking like a sieve for weeks, despite the official debut not being until Geneva in a week or so.
First we had what looked to be a scan from a brochure of the new V40, followed closely by a couple of official exterior photos of the V40, just to be sure. Now we get a complete set of interior and exterior photos of Volvo’s new competition for cars like the BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3. And the more we see, the more we like.
What we also get this time round is interior shots of the new V40 too, and that also looks like a winner. Just like the exterior, the interior of the V40 looks to have evolved the styling cues of the V60 (check out the Volvo V60 photos to compare); and that’s a good thing. Plenty of Scandinavian simplicity mixed with a healthy dose of style makes for an appealing cabin.
The three-spoke steering wheel is very V60, and the centre console has the same clear and uncluttered four big button design with HVAC, phone and radio controls intuitively placed in the centre. Above is the infotainment/SatNav screen and in front of the driver lies what looks like a new set of instruments, with a big rev counter front and centre with digital speedo in its centre and other functions displayed alongside.
The more we see of the 2012 Volvo V40 the more convincing it becomes. Let’s hope the reality lives up to this promise. If it does, Volvo could very well have a car on its hands that’s every bit as good as the competition from BMW and Audi.
2012 Volvo V40 Photo Gallery
(14 photos – click any thumbnail for full size)