Known for stylish transportation and world-class safety systems, the Volvo Car Corporation presented the all-new S40 and V50 wagon at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) along with four new safety systems – two of which are world firsts.
Hans-Olov Olsson, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Corporation said it best: “More people are considering smaller cars. But when it comes to premium car buyers there is one important catch. They don’t compromise. Meaning that they might go smaller, but they don’t want less. The package must still include large-car properties; design, driving pleasure, comfort, technology, and of course in a Volvo, large-car safety.” The new Volvo S40 does just that.
The overall length of the S40 sports sedan has shortened but the height and width has increased allowing for improved interior space. Aerodynamic improvements and an athletic stance are possible thanks to a cab forward design. Also contributing to the sporty appearance is the extended wheelbase that allows for corner situated wheels.
Powered by the new five-cylinder in-line engine with both 2.4- and 2.5-liter aspirated versions, the S40 delivers 140 horsepower and 170 however respectively. The turbocharged T5 engine will also be available offering 220 horsepower and 236 lb.-ft of torque.
The all-new S40 introduces IDIS – the Intelligent Driver Information System. This technology delays certain information to the driver when the driver’s full attention is required, for example, when braking or passing.
The Volvo S40 will be available in spring with an MSRP of $24,190 for the 2.4i and $26,990 for the turbocharged T5.
Also equipped with the Intelligent Driver Information System and set to go on sale at the same time is the sportswagon version of the S40, the all-new V50.
The term ‘wagon’ may sound boring and reminiscent of long unavoidable family road trips, but not when Volvo does it. Sophisticated styling and modern lines catch the eye of not only young families but young couples with an active lifestyle and perhaps an equally active dog.
The five-door sportswagon offers a softer design as opposed to the V70 estate model. For power, the same engines available on the S40 are offered with the V50 along with Stability and Traction Control anti-spin system, Dynamic Stability and Traction Control, Emergency Brake Assistance and keyless locking system.
In regards to safety technology, Volvo introduced four new safety systems:
BLIS – camera-based monitoring system that covers the blind spot.
Inflatable curtain, providing improved side impact protection for convertibles.
Adaptive cruise control with distance monitoring facility.
Warning and brake support if there is a risk of collision.