From my location I'm certainly no authority on what's happening in the NA market, but I think its been said many times now in multiple threads that it is very unlikely (read it will not happen) that the NA market will see the current generation V40. The US and Canada will very likely be getting the next generation CMA-based V40 (with maybe also the associated XC40 SUV and S40 sedan) when the next generation is launched sometime in 2017/2018 at the earliest.
Sorry not the way I read it with a comment about "wanting to get one". Somewhat academic if the current model V40 isn't available in the NA market.
On the facelift I would suggest this will be very unlikely. With the MY17 model perhaps being the last full year of the current V40 I can't see Volvo spending any development and engineering dollars on any major facelift to the car's body. I would expect - as we see with any Volvo model - minor updates to the engine lineup (an AWD diesel V40CC is long overdue) and gadgetry. Talk of a Drive-E T6-powered AWD V40 Polestar I also think is unlikely.
Might be something in this. A couple of the Australian motoring websites in listing new arrivals for 2016, under Volvo they've listed the obvious candidates such as the XC90 T8 (finally) and the new S90, but also a "facelift" for the V40/V40CC for the 3rd quarter (ie as MY17 models). However the websites very quickly go on say they expect the facelift to be limited to equipment upgrades and drivetrain changes and not to expect anything major with the next generation V40 probably only 12 months away (by the end of this year). What is significant is that the V40/V40CC gets specifically mentioned as getting a facelift while nothing was said about other Volvo models (such as the existing 60 series).
I hope by "drivetrain changes" they means either finally mating the AWD to the standard V40, or more likely - finally having diesel AWD V40CC variants.
We should certainly know by early April as this is the traditional time that Volvo releases details of the next years models.
Thanks for that info. Obviously we'll have to wait to see whether the "new front" is for the better (I really didn't have any major issues with the current front) but I am surprised they are even doing this given the V40's expected short remaining life. Certainly intrigued about the interior upgrades. Probably too much to expect a XC90/S90 style infotainment system but hopefully includes the great sports seats from the 60 series Volvos.
Volvo Cars gives its bestselling V40 and V40 Cross Country the new face of Volvo for Model Year 2017 with trim updates across the range.
Central to the model year exterior updates are new grille meshes featuring the updated and more visually striking Volvo Iron Mark. The update also equips the V40 with the new ‘Thor’s Hammer’ headlights, resulting in a confident new look shared with Volvo’s new 90 Series cars.
“The V40 is the best-selling Volvo model in Europe and the second-most popular Volvo model globally, making it a very important car for the company. With the updates for model year 2017 we make this already very successful model even more attractive to customers in the segment,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service at Volvo Car Group.
The exterior update includes the addition of five colours to Volvo’s V40 offer including the completely new Amazon Blue and Denim Blue, as well as three colours already used by other models in the Volvo Cars portfolio: Bursting Blue, Mussel Blue and Luminous Sand.
The V40 will also receive the new ‘rank marks’ that were first introduced on the XC90, visualising trim levels and variants and a total of eight new wheels across the V40, R-Design and V40 Cross Country models.
In a cue taken from the award-winning Volvo Concept Estate a new upholstery called City Weave will be added along with a new Charcoal/Blond steering wheel option. Several new interior panel trims are also to be offered: Milled Aluminium, Black Grid Aluminium and Stealth Aluminium. Accent trim colours in the door inserts will now be offered with contrasting stitching and for the first time a black headliner will be available as an option in the V40. New tread plates will be added for the R-Design and Inscription trim levels and an updated key fob with the new Volvo logo will be available.
Continuing its innovative approach to powertrain engineering, Volvo has reduced CO2 emissions on its popular D2 manual powertrain to just 89 g/km with the full tyre program.
Volvo On Call
The Volvo On Call smartphone app which allows remote access and control over a wide range of in-car features, receives a substantial update. Volvo On Call already delivers wearable connectivity (Apple Watch/Android Wear) and now Microsoft Band 2 connectivity, enabling voice-control for certain features when using Windows 10-based smartphones.
Other updates to Volvo On Call include a calendar integration function that connects your personal calendar to the mobile app allowing it to send calendar appointment destinations directly to your navigation on request. For 2016 Volvo On Call will broaden its scope and provide support for up to 10 Volvo vehicles, giving access to all the usual functions across a fleet of cars.
Volvo will also introduce Flic button compatibility with Volvo On Call. Flic allows you to program a single physical ‘smart button’ to perform several tasks, such as lock your car or to start/stop pre-heating and can be used as a shortcut to Volvo On Call services.
Volvo now also offers support for Windows 10 with a new version of the Volvo On Call application that can be used on regular PCs and tablets to interact with your car.
Volvo’s continuing leadership in interior air quality is highlighted across the 40 Series from 2016 with the inclusion of the CleanZone logo on instrument panel air vents. Volvo’s award-winning CleanZone technology ensures that outside air is effectively filtered before entering the cabin, removing harmful pollutants that are increasingly common in large urban areas. CleanZone technology reflects Volvo’s ongoing work to improve the in-car experience, covering incoming air, interior emissions and odours, interior surfaces and contact allergies.