New Volvo V40 Cross Country Photos Released in Advance of the Paris Motor Show

The first official images and details of the new Volvo V40 Cross Country have dripped on the web revealing the Swedish carmaker’s smallest crossover model. Originally thought to be named XC40, the new Volvo is a taller standing and more rugged looking version of the brand’s V40 compact hatchback, designed more or less around the same philosophy as the larger XC70. The halfway (if not even less…) crossover model from Volvo gets some chunky black cladding around the redesigned front and rear bumpers that also feature silver colored protective plates, and side sills, along with silver roof rails, newly styled alloy wheels and a 40mm taller ride height than the regular V40. The only changes made inside the car have to do with the more vibrant color selections for the upholstery and center console trim. According to Greek car magazine 4Troxoi, the V40 Cross Country, will be available with all the diesel and petrol engines offered in the standard V40 except the base 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder “T3” petrol unit with 148HP (150PS). The publication says the only engine that can be combined with all-wheel drive is the range-topping 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five “T5” that churns out 251hp (254PS), with the rest of the engines offered exclusively with front-wheel drive. The new Volvo model will receive its world premiere at this month’s 2012 Paris Motor Show. We still don’t know if it will be offered outside of Europe.Story References: 4TroxoiThanks to Bruno R. and Georgos L. for their tips!