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Volvo reveals new S40/V40

Enhanced: A handful of subtle changes distinguish the updated S40/V40 from the current version.

Volvo's entry level S40/V40 range will make way for a revised version in August

3 May 2000

VOLVO'S compact S40/40 range will be superseded in August by an updated version that promises improved performance and refinement, as well as higher safety levels.

The biggest changes in the new model will be the availability of a five-speed automatic transmission and standard fitment of Inflatable Curtain airbags.

Volvo says its Inflatable Curtain airbags greatly reduce the risk of head injury in side-impact collisions.

Other safety enhancements include a dual-stage airbag system that deploys with variable force, depending on the severity of a front-end collision.

The third new safety system being introduced is ISOFIX - a standardised installation system for child safety seats.

The revised Volvo S40 and V40 will also be available with a new adaptive five-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission.

Offered as an option across the range, the five-speed auto promises better performance, economy and cruising capability.

Both turbo engines available in the compact Volvo have also been enhanced to provide better response and improved fuel consumption.

The T4 model's high-pressure turbo engine grows in displacement from 1.9 to 2.0 litres but power and torque outputs remain unchanged at 147kW and 300Nm.

The updated 2.0T light-pressure turbo delivers 121kW and 240Nm - compared with the present model's outputs of 118kW and 230Nm.

Revised suspension geometry makes it possible for springs and shock absorbers to work more freely and effectively, resulting in better ride and handling characteristics.

Exterior changes include remodelled front and rear bumpers and slightly flared front guards to accommodate an 18mm increase in the front track.

New side mouldings, larger side marker lamps, different alloy wheels and restyled tail-lights also help make the car look fresh.

Inside, the dashboard and centre console have been given a facelift to enhance the cabin's aesthetic appeal and improve ergonomics and functionality.

Volvo Car Australia is yet to announce whether pricing of the S40/V40 range will be revised when the updated range makes its debut.

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