Volvo has revealed the prices for two new V40 family car models; they are the rugged Cross Country which starts from £22,595, and the sporty R-Design which costs £22,295.
Both of these new models are available for UK motorists to order now, and the first customer deliveries will take place in January 2013.
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The Volvo V40 was originally launched in Britain back during spring earlier this year. The car is marketed as a premium five-door and five seat hatchback, with its main rivals including the slightly more expensive BMW 1 Series and the Audi A3.
The reputation of the Volvo V40 has already been enhanced this year after the family hatchback achieved the best score of any car in the Euro NCAP crash test for pedestrian protection.
Now for next year, Volvo will look to achieve the ambitious goal of overturning its illustrious German rivals with an expanded V40 range complete with new crossover and performance-focused specifications.
V40 Cross Country
Volvo describes the V40 Cross Country as it's "answer to those customers who want a small five-door hatchback but with a more 'off-road' and rugged look".
To achieve this tougher image, the Cross Country adds new bulkier bodywork to the V40, including most notably silver roof rails and a lot more grey and silver underbody protection which will benefit during any driving on rough terrain.
The ride height is also taller compared to the standard V40, a common trait amongst off-road crossover type conversions.
The Cross Country will be sold in a standard SE trim as well as in a higher-end Lux specification.
The SE model is only £1,250 more in comparison to the standard V40 hatchback in the same trim level.
Like the standard hatchback, the V40 Cross Country includes an 113bhp 1.6-litre D2 diesel engine, connected to a six-speed manual transmission.
Standard equipment on the Cross Country includes 16" alloy wheels, folding door mirrors and an automatic rain sensor for the windscreen wipers.
The new R-Design version of the V40 hatchback has previously been revealed to be targeted at a younger motoring audience. With this car Volvo wishes to lower the average age of the Volvo V40, and lure away younger buyers who might instead be attracted to offerings from the likes of BMW.
To fulfil this goal the V40 R-Design has a more striking appearance courtesy of its Rebel Blue paintjob for the bodyshell.
Other unique features added for the R-Design model includes 17" alloy wheels, LED running lights and leather trim for the car's cabin.
The Volvo V40 R-Design is also available with the company's 113bhp 1.6-litre D2 diesel engine, but also gets a 251bhp T5 turbocharged petrol engine.
Written by Stephen Goldasz