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Volvo V40 to be Replaced by a Coupe Crossover

The Volvo V40 will soon be replaced by a coupe crossover, according to a new report from Autocar.

Volvo introduced the V40 way back in 2012, so the compact hatch is dire need of a replacement. Not only do rival automakers have more up-to-date products, the V40’s prehistoric platform isn’t designed to support hybrid powertrains, and for the electricity-obsessed folks at Volvo, that just won’t do. We’re not just being mean to V40 in calling it a fossil, either – it’s platform is derived from Ford Global C platform that was introduced in 2003.

Volvo Europe president Lex Kerssemakers told Autocar that Volvo wanted to “do something more creative,” for the V40 replacement, which is why it decided to make it a higher-riding coupe crossover instead of a lower, sportier hatch. Kerssemakers said Volvo is “confident,” the new car will attract some buyers of traditional hatches, but “not the die-hard hatchback fans.”

The Swedish automaker is well aware of the V40’s lack of competitiveness and is hoping to have its replacement on sale in the next two to three years.

“We can’t wait too long to introduce the new car,”Kerssemakers added. “We don’t want to lose our space in the segment.”

The coupe crossover wouldn’t be such a large departure from the high-riding V40 Cross Country, which was rolled out in 2013. The replacement model will likely sit a little higher than V40 Cross Country, though, and take on a shape similar to other small coupe crossovers like the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

(source: Autocar)