Volvo V40 Replacement Now Likely To Feature Crossover Styling

With Volvo set to end production of the V40 this summer, it’s now likely that the Swedish automaker will opt to go with a crossover body style for its replacement.

The V40’s successor will ride higher than its predecessor because more buyers are now switching to SUV-styled models, said Volvo Europe boss, Lex Kerssemakers, who also stated that the extra height will help accommodate batteries for an eventual fully electric version, to be unveiled further down the road.

“There are two trends in society that we have to include. First is that people want to sit high and second is that if you launch a car, it needs to facilitate an electric variant,” added Kerssemakers, who claims that a low-seat compact model would not offer sufficient space so as to accommodate a big enough battery for the required 300 km (186 mile) range.

With the current V40 being the last Volvo to be built on a legacy Ford platform, it does make sense for the carmaker to switch things up with it. This also means that the next-generation variant will move away from being a direct challenger to the likes of the BMW 1-Series, Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3.

The V40’s replacement will use the same CMA platform co-developed with Geely that underpins the new XC40, as well as Geely’s Lynk & Co models.

What will it look like?

According to Kerssemakers, his company is still deciding on an exact body style, but if Volvo is to follow through on their high-riding promise, something like the Concept 40.2 (pictured below) could end up seeing the light of day, as reported by Automotive News Europe.

“We are not a brand that can allow trial and error with body styles. It’s just too expensive,” he said. “New styles are not always successful and fade away after 2-3 years. We want to be razor sharp.”

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  • Gustavo Adriano

    I do miss the S40 so much…

    • Murgatroyd

      Me too.

  • erly5

    So the V40 will ride higher because people are switching to SUVs and also to accommodate a battery? Do these car bosses just open their mouths and let their bellies rumble? Not EVERYONE on the planet wants an SUV/Crossover, but for those who do, there’s already the XC40! And how do electric cars like the Ioniq, e-Golf, e-Up and Prius, to name but a few, manage this feat of packing a battery into a compact body without raising the ride-height?

    • MarketAndChurch

      Yeah but why build a car that less people want over a higher-riding car that more people want? That’s just the price you pay when you hold the minority opinion or preference on something.

      • erly5

        But Volvo already sell the XC40 and a new V40 in the conventional sense would be competing in a market sector that is still popular and relatively healthy. Volvo is on a roll at the moment with one of the most stylish ranges of any manufacturer and a new V40 to complement the XC40 (and not potentially steal sales from it) is just what it needs imo. And it would offer customers a competitive and stylish alternative to the usual suspects, the A3, 1-Series and A-Class.

  • vvmdrf

    The 40.2 will become the Polestar 2

    • TheHake


  • Marty

    Unless they are planning on hanging the battery in the air under the car, I fail to see how raising the ride height gives you more room for batteries. If you only want to raise the height of the actual body you make an MPV. But that’s not fashionable.

  • driv3r

    As Mercedes, Audi and BMW have joined the small sedan bandwagon in the compact car segment a Volvo competitor as a S40 might be a good addition to the XC40. “Cross-over” might refer only to something like a XC40 Coupé version which wouldn’t be too dissimilar to a S40 Cross Country.
    In terms of timing the XC40 is more a successor to the V40 than the new model will be given that it will be on the market in 2-3 years time.

  • S T

    I know that slanted glass eats into a lot of space that could be, but I really like the looks of this. Also, it looks like they have the slant aft of the rear passengers heads, which for some reason many manufactures forget to do.

  • Six Thousand Times


  • SteersUright

    Smart move, but fix the ugly sloping rear. Ifs a “utility vehicle” of any sort, up the utility factor and square off the rear. Volvo is right to give the market what it wants, and it wants capable, hip, stylish and fun-to-drive, high-riding utility vehicles.

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