A 220-hp T5 version looks set to head a strong lineup when the wraps come off Volvo Cars' new S40 at the Frankfurt show.
The new S40-and next year's V50 wagon version — are the first all-new Volvo models developed sinceMotor Co. bought the Swedish auto maker in 1999.
, Motor Corp. and Volvo all contributed to the creation of Ford's new C1 platform that could total a massive 1.6 million Focus, Mazda3 and S40 variants annually.
Volvo's contribution to the development of the C1 is in crash performance, safety, structural design and virtual-building technology. Ford's input is in dynamics and diesel engines;in gasoline engines, powertrain and exhaust. Commonality reaches 60% in shared components and systems, yet each brand is responsible for its own styling.
A barely disguised prototype reveals styling similar to the S60: strongly tapered headlights and nose, powerful shoulders and high, squared-off tail, but with a more elegant, rounded roofline. And behind the camouflage, there is a third window in the C-pillar.
Built on the same wheelbase as the Ford C-Max, the new S40 gets a strong lineup of 4-cyl., and, for the first time in Volvo's entry-level model, 5-cyl. gas engines.