Volvo V40 T4 Momentum Studio 3/4 Front

Volvo has unveiled its facelifted V40 and V40 Cross Country for the 2017 model year ahead of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The updates here are primarily visual in nature, and borrows heavily from Volvo’s recent introductions – the XC90, S90 and V90.

Up front, the hatchback gains the brand’s signature T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” daytime running lights, along with new grille meshes and a more striking Volvo Iron Mark and a better-integrated radar sensor.

Other exterior updates include new exhaust tips and the addition of five body colours – Amazon Blue, Denim Blue, Bursting Blue, Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand, with the final three already used by other models in Volvo’s portfolio.

Additionally, a total of eight new wheel options are available across the V40, R-Design and V40 Cross Country models. The V40 also follows the new “rank marks” that was first introduced on the XC90 to identify its various variants and trim levels, the latter of which includes Momentum and Inscription design line.

Volvo V40 T4 Momentum Studio 3/4 Rear

Inside, the V40 gains a new upholstery inspired by the Volvo Concept Estate. Known as City Weave, the new option joins the a new Charcoal/Blond steering wheel option as well. New interior panel trims – Milled Aluminium, Black Grid Aluminium and Stealth Aluminium are also offered.

Elsewhere, the accent trim colours in the door inserts can now be had with contrasting stitching, plus a black headliner. The R-Design and Inscription trim levels will gain new tread plates and an updated key fob with the new Volvo logo.

No word on any changes to the cars’ powertrain, so expect the same offering of petrol (T2, T3, T4 and T5) and diesel (D2, D3 and D4) engines. It is worth noting that Volvo’s D2 manual powertrain has a reduced CO2 emissions of just 89 g/km this time round.

On our shores, the latest with the V40 is news of the availability of an updated T4 model, now featuring Volvo’s 2.0 litre Drive-E engine which replaces the 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine. The new engine is mated to a six-speed torque converter auto instead of the Ford’s dual clutch gearbox. Word is that this variant will see limited availability – with the facelift having just been unveiled we can understand why.