Volvo has announced the first update for its new V40 range in Europe, with a new entry-level petrol powertrain, more AWD V40 Cross Country models, plus an infotainment upgrade that adds internet connectivity.
The 1.6 litre petrol T2 engine is the headlining mechanical change for the V40, taking up position at the bottom of the range beneath the D2.
Producing 88kW and 120Nm the T2 is far from powerful, but with an average fuel consumption of 5.3 l/100km it is most definitely frugal.
The V40 Cross Country, due to arrive here in the third quarter of this year, now has an AWD drivetrain available for petrol-powered T4 and T5 variants. For now, the D2, D3 and D4 models remain front wheel-drive only.
Efficiency refinements have seen CO2 emissions and fuel consumption drop for the V40 D2, bringing the former to just 88g/km and the latter to a hybrid-rivalling 3.4 l/100km.
It's still a tree-hugger when equipped with the optional automatic transmission, emitting 102g/km and drinking 3.9 l/100km
Inside, Volvo has upgraded the V40's infotainment hardware to incorporate a seven-inch touch screen display as well as extended internet connectivity.
When linked to the driver's mobile phone data connection, the new Sensus Connected Touch system can stream music through Spotify and Deezer, navigate using Google Maps, search using Google and also display up-to-date weather forecasts.
Like Holden's MyLink system, Sensus Connected Touch is expandable via the downloading of 'apps', much like a modern smartphone.
The V40 hatch range has only been on sale in Australia for a month, so it's unlikely we'll see these changes become available locally available any time soon.
"We do, however, always keep an eye on all variants, powertrains and technologies with a view to possible future market inclusion," said Volvo Australia's Corporate Communications Manager, Oliver Peagam.