A new, updated Volvo V40 will emit as little as 88g/km CO2 and achieve fuel economy as strong as 88mpg combined, according to preliminary figures.
That brings the model in line with its rival the Ford Focus, which likewise emits as little as 88g/km CO2.
Available from May, manual version of the standard Volvo V40 D2 will lead the way, offering the lowest emission levels, while V40 Cross Country models with the D2 engine will emit 99 g/km and achieve 74mpg (preliminary figure).
The V40 D2 can also be chosen with an automatic gearbox. For this model, CO2 emissions are expected to stand at 102 g/km while fuel economy will be around 72mpg in the standard version and 108 g/km CO2 and 69mpg in the Cross Country.
The Swedish carmaker will also extend the availability of its All Wheel Drive system on Cross Country models, so that the system is also available with both the the T5 (254 hp) and T4 (180 hp) petrol engines.
Buyers of the premium hatch will also have the opportunity to choose the new Sensus Connected Touch system with unique on-line possibilities, including voice-activated Spotify.
The all-new Sensus Connected Touch enables connectivity and Internet in the car and turns the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen that can be used even when wearing gloves - a world first in cars and handy in winter.
Connection is made either via a car-mounted 3G/4G dongle or the driver's mobile phone.
"By continuously cutting CO2 emissions, we demonstrate our leading position within fuel efficiency improvements," says Doug Speck, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
There is also a new four cylinder, 1.6 litre variant added to the range of direct-injection petrol engines. The new V40 T2 has 120 hp and 240 Nm of torque and emits CO2 emissions of 124 g/km with a manual gearbox while 53mpg combined cycle.
Faye has been writing about cars and environmental issues since 2007. A suspected eco-warrior working on the corporate inside, Faye mainly likes the weird, quirky vehicles that show a distinct environmental advantage. Her ideal car has enough room to fit a bale of hay in the boot. When not working, she likes nothing better than to head out on her bicycle and explore the countryside.
March 14, 2013
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