Next Volvo V40 coming stateside

July 29, 2015, 2:34 p.m.

A top Volvo executive has confirmed the next V40 hatchback will be designed with the United States market in mind.

Speaking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Volvo marketing boss Alain Visser explained that the company is far too small to develop region-specific models. Volvo must take advantage of economies of scale in order to boost its profits and remain competitive, and that means selling as many models in as many markets as possible.

However, the Swedish car maker remains open to the idea of building market-specific variants of existing models like the long-wheelbase S80 that's currently only available in China. Surprisingly, Visser admitted that a long-wheelbase version of the V40 hasn't been ruled out yet, though it would likely be sold exclusively on the Chinese market.

The next V40 will ride on a brand new platform that is being designed jointly with Chinese parent company Geely. The platform will be modular, and sources close to Volvo have hinted that it will spawn a V40 sedan as well as a compact crossover tentatively dubbed XC40.

Although official technical details are still few and far between, Volvo isn't shy about admitting that it will offer a hybrid version of every single model in its lineup so it's reasonable to assume the V40 will get a gasoline-electric drivetrain. The V40 lineup could also gain a long-rumored Audi RS3-punching hot hatch tweaked by Polestar.

The second-gen Volvo V40 isn't scheduled to make its debut until 2017, meaning it will likely reach our shores in time for the 2018 model year.

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