All new Volvos unveiled

Volvo has updated its two best-selling models of 2006 – the S40 saloon and V50 Sportwagon – with new interior and exterior designs, improved levels of space and enhanced performance.

The S40 now boasts a re-profiled nose and a chrome grille, with a Volvo badge 50 per cent larger than its predecessor.

A sporty emphasis is evident in the new V50, in the form of its redesigned grille, new headlamp layout and three-part front air intake. This model also features a larger badge and chrome detailing at the front-end.

Both models have had their cabins revised with the intention of adding more storage space and carrying versatility as well as offering a broader choice of interior trims.

Other interior changes include new styling on the instrument panels of the T5 and D5 models, while Dynaudio speakers have been installed for the sound system as well as a new road traffic information and sat-nav system.

Among the new safety features in the updated cars are bi-xenon headlamps whose movement is dictated by the steering direction and water-repellent glass in the front side windows to aid driving in poor weather conditions.

The cars have also been given upgrades beneath the bonnet, with turbocharged T5 models now delivering 230bhp, while D5 diesel engines will function with six-speed manual transmission.

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