Volvo S40 Premium Compact Saloon - The World Debut At The 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show

New S40


At its world debut at the Frankfurt motor show, further details of the all-new Volvo S40’s modern interior, driving dynamics, engine range and advanced safety and environmental credentials are now available. Highlights include:

  • Modern interior: world-first ‘floating’, ultra-thin centre console
  • 50 mm shorter than its predecessor, but taller and wider with extended track and wheelbase for excellent handling and premium, large car feel
  • New generation, powerful and economical engines
  • Diesel 1.6 (110 bhp); 2.0-litre (136 bhp), four cylinder engines
  • Petrol 1.6 (100 bhp); 1.8 (120 bhp), four cylinder engines
  • 2.4i (170 bhp); T5 (220 bhp), five cylinder engines
  • New safety feature IDIS – Intelligent Driver Information System
  • Available in S and SE trim
  • Available to order from 1 October 2003
  • Expected in showrooms February/March 2004
Smaller and Younger, but a Grown-up Competitor

Although 50 mm shorter than its predecessor, the all-new Volvo S40 has grown in terms of design, style, desirability and competitiveness, and has all the large car features from Volvo’s S60 and S80 saloons in a premium compact format.

As well as class leading safety standards, the Volvo S40 now offers such desirable extras as integrated telephone, satellite navigation and Volvo’s IAQS (Interior Air Quality System), and is expected to appeal to younger buyers, with a quarter of customers in the pre-family stage.

With a wider track and longer wheelbase, the new Volvo S40 virtually puts a wheel at each corner for better on-road stability, more interior space and large car feel.

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Published 18 September 2003 Melanie Carter

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