The Volvo V40 D4 is arguably the most important car the Swedish manufacturer has ever built. It certainly is their most important product right now. Yes, it is a family wagon, but it has a revolutionary powertrain that offers the best compromise currently possible between power and efficiency. From May 2014, all new Volvo models will have option of getting engines from the Drive-E powertrain.
Here are the specs of a typical Drive-E powertrain in the V40 D4: 190 horsepower, 74.3 mpg, and a CO2 rating of just 99 g/km. Those are outstanding numbers for a big, heavy estate car. The same powertrain is also available currently for the V40 Cross Country, in which it returns CO2 emissions of 104 g/km and 70.6 mpg.
Besides the powertrain, Volvo is also introducing a number of updates for its 2015 modelyear lineup. The V40, for instance, will also be available to order with the 245hp T5 FWD (front-wheel-drive) from the new Drive-E engine, and the new 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox. Also, all Volvo models can now be equipped with the updated on-board infotainment and navigation experience Sensus Connect.
The new infotainment system offers a wide range of features, including advanced navigation with 3D maps, and online radio with over 100,000 global stations. It also offers WiFi hotspot in the car, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, and apps.
Volvo’s 2015 models will also benefit from cosmetic upgrades including new colors, new wheel designs, and revised interior with Inscription Soft Leather upholstery, leather covered instrument panel, premium deco inlays, soft leather on extended surfaces such as the back of seats, centre armrest and head rest, and…