The Full Skinny on the New Volvo V40 Including the Engine Range

You’ve no doubt seen the official pictures and video of the all-new Volvo V40, which is proving to be the worst kept secret of the 2012 Geneva Auto Salon.

Nevertheless, we have more news coming our way thanks to our Greek friends over at Auto2day-gr, as they sent us the skinny on all those details about the V40 we were missing. And yes, we can confirm that the data is official.

We’ll start with the V40’s dimensions as in one of our previous posts featuring some scans from the Swedish edition of Auto Motor und Sport magazine, we wrongly assumed that the V40 measured 450cm (177-in.) long.

As it turns out, the publication was referring to the maximum length of the series, which it said would eventually include the S40 sedan, C40 three-door hatchback and XC40 SUV, and not specifically the V40.

The V40 measures 4,369mm (172.0 -in.) long, 2,041mm (80.3-in.) wide including the mirrors and 1,445mm (56.9-in.) tall, while it rides on a 2,647mm (104.2-in.) wheelbase. That makes it roughly the same size as its BMW rival, the new generation of the 1-Series.

Moving on to the engine range, at launch, buyers will be able to choose from a total of six powerplants.

The petrol range comprises of these three units:

-The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder “T3” producing 150PS (148bhp) at 5,700 rpm and 240Nm (177 lb-ft) of peak torque between 1,600 rpm and 4,000rppm.

It will be offered only with a 6-speed manual gearbox accelerating the V40 from 0-100km/h (62mph) in 8.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 210km/h (131mph), while returning a combined fuel consumption of 5.8lt/100km (40.6mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 134g/km.

– The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder “T4” is rated at 180PS (178bhp) at 5,700rpm and 240Nm (177 lb-ft) of peak torque from 1,600 rpm to 5,000rpm.

There’s a choice of two 6-speed transmissions, a manual and an automatic. The stick shift takes the V40 from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in 7.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 225km/h (140mph) and returns an average fuel economy of 5.9lt/100km (39.9mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 138g/km.

– Volvo’s 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five “T5” makes its appearance on the flagship V40 where it delivers 254PS (251bhp) at 5,400 rpm and 360Nm (266 lb-ft) of peak torque from 1,800 rpm to 5,400rppm.

The T5 is available exclusively with a 6-speed automatic that allows for a zero to 100km/h (62mph) sprint time of 6.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 250km/h (155mph), while consuming 7.9lt/100km (29.8mpg US) on average with CO2 emissions of 185g/km.

The diesel lineup also consists of three units:

– The 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder “D2” churns out 115PS (113bhp) at 3,600rpm and 270Nm (199 lb-ft) of peak torque from 1,750 rpm to 2,500rpm and is linked exclusively to a 6sp manual gearbox.

With this engine, the V40 goes from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in 12.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 190km/h (118mph). It returns an average fuel consumption of 3.6lt/100km (65.3mpg US) on the EU cycle with CO2 emissions of 94g/km.

– The 2.0-liter turbocharged five-cylinder “D3” is good for 150PS (148bhp) at 3,500rpm and 350Nm (258 lb-ft) of peak torque from 1,750 rpm to 2,750rpm.

Once again, there’s a choice of two 6-speed transmissions, manual or automatic. With the manual gearbox, the V40 D3 goes from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in 9.6 seconds and tops out at 210km/h (131mph), while delivering a combined fuel consumption of 4.4lt/100km (53.5mpg US) on the EU cycle with CO2 emissions of 117g/km.

– The 2.0-liter turbocharged five-cylinder “D4” develops 177PS (175bhp) at 3,500rpm and 400Nm (295 lb-ft) of peak torque from 1,750 rpm to 2,750rpm.

Transmission choices include a 6sp manual and an automatic with the same number of gears. When equipped with a stick shift, the V40 D4 reaches 100km/h (62mph) in 6.6 seconds and maxes out at 215km/h (134mph). Volvo says it averages 4.4lt/100km (53.5mpg US) on the EU cycle with CO2 emissions of 117g/km (same as the D3).

We’re also told that all six petrol and diesel engines will be fitted as standard with a Start and Stop system as well as a regenerative braking system, regardless of the type of transmission.

As always, we’ll keep you updated for any additional details.



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