We’ve been sent some pics of an event set up in MidValley Megamall, showing a couple of “V-Nions” at work. The faceless inflatables are in the mall’s centre court, where a sticker on the ground reads “Work in progress, we’ll see you tomorrow” with a Volvo logo. Look south and you’ll see Volvo V40 stickers on the ground.
So it looks like the new Volvo V40 will be officially unveiled tomorrow at MV. The five-door hatchback’s entry is no surprise – we first spotted units on Klang Valley roads in May, before we chanced on Volvo dealer Federal Auto’s booth in The Curve promoting the V40. Ten days later, our “JPJ pixman” Anol Alias sent in a collection of V40 pics, parked in JPJ Putrajaya’s basement.
Both the regular V40 and SUV-styled, higher riding V40 Cross Country have been spotted in Malaysia, and it’s likely that both variants will eventually be introduced, if not simultaneously. It could be the standard V40 that debuts first, before the Cross Country joins. In any case, we’ll find out tomorrow.
UPDATE: Official local spec sheet and price list added in the gallery below, showing three variants. Tentatively, the price list shows RM173,888 for the V40 T4, RM188,888 for the V40 T5 and RM198,888 for the V40 Cross Country T5.
Both T4 and T5 direct injection engines will be available. The T4 unit is a 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbo with 180 hp and 240 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm. The T5 on the other hand, is a five-cylinder turbo engine with 213 hp and 300 Nm of twist. They’re paired to different gearboxes as well – the T4 gets a six-speed Powershift twin-clutch box as running mate, while the T5 is paired to a six-speed torque converter automatic.
Performance is good, as you’d expect. The T4 does 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds before maxing out at 225 km/h. Should that not be enough, the T5 raises performance to 6.9 seconds and 230 km/h. How do we know all this?
Volvo Car Malaysia has released the V40’s official spec sheet ahead of the launch tomorrow, and you can view every page of it in the gallery below. Click on the screen shots to enlarge.
By the way, the pic above showing the V40 in three colours was sent in by reader Avtaran Singh, who spotted the cars at a Volvo showroom today. View the spec sheet in the gallery below, and stay tuned for full details, including the official price, tomorrow.