Volvo is set to introduce the V40 R-Design at the Paris Motor Show. The Geneva debutant gets spruced up with a host of R-Design elements, starting with a nose dressed up with a reworked bumper and a silk-metal frame high-gloss grille.

Other exterior add-ons are twin exhaust tailpipes, a new rear diffuser, five-spoke diamond-cut alloys – in 17- and 18-inch sizes – as well as more silk-metal finish details. There’s a choice of seven exterior colours, including the Rebel Blue signature shade as seen in the photos.

Inside, the list is led by R-Design seats, which feature a blend of black Nubuck textile and perforated leather, replete with an embroidered R-Design logo; full leather seats are available as an option. Other items include a specially-designed steering wheel, gear shifter, handbrake and sport pedals, and the interactive dashboard is illuminated by a single blue colour on this one.

As is the case with R-Design kit, no mods to the powertrain (unlike something like the Heico-tuned V40), so the dress-up stuff can be specified across the model’s entire engine range, from the 115 hp D2 diesel right up to the 254 hp T5 version.

There is one performance upgrade, and that comes in the form of a sports suspension system, which has been developed in cooperation with Polestar and Swedish racing driver Robert Dahlgren.

Key changes are a lowering of 10 mm to the ride height, and the springs and shock absorbers have been firmed up – the front McPherson struts are equipped with 25 mm piston rods, while the rear monotube dampers feature compression and return damping via the same valve. Thicker anti-roll bars complete the handling upgrade.